Health & Safety Signage

As you read this take a look around your environment, if you are in a commercial or industrial environment you will probably see health & safety signs that are there to direct you in the event of a fire, stop you from hurting yourself on some machinery or even indicating what vehicles and the speed they should be traveling at as they pass by your window. When it comes to health & safety signage there are some guidelines that need to be followed, these cover the colours, the text size, the font and in some cases the symbols that are used.

Health & Safety signage falls into a few categories, each has a specific colour.

Blue signs are an order. Red signs are a prohibition. Yellow signs are a warning. Green signs are a safe condition.

Blue signs are an order. Red signs are a prohibition. Yellow signs are a warning. Green signs are a safe condition.

The font used on the signs is important as it must be clearly legible from a distance, Arial is usually used as this is a clear text when used in both upper and lower case. The colour of the font is usually white or black depending on the sign colour, ensuring the greatest contrast and legibility. Blue, red and green signs will have white text yellow will have black, white on yellow is pretty difficult to read.

Next is the size of the text, this is dependant on how far away the sign must be easily read. Think of a fire exit sign, these need to be large enough to be readable from the other end of the corridor that they are in to ensure that everyone can see them. To this end there are also guidelines to follow, the table below gives you the letter height based on the distance the sign needs to be legible from.

Recommended letter size based on viewing distances

When you are talking about health & safety signs you need to ensure they have a symbol as well as the text, this ensures that people who can not read English still have the opportunity to understand the sign through the symbol. There are a number of standards out there for symbols and these are constantly being updated, so ensure you are keeping up to date with the current recommended symbology.

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