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If you’re viewing a new home before a site is complete, it is vital to understand the important messages the site safety signs give.
Health and safety signs are used to provide visual aids, they come in all different shapes, colours and sizes and each has a specific safety rule or procedure attached to it.
So what do the different types of signs look like, and what do they mean?
Here are a few of the most common health and safety signs you’re likely to come across:
Signs prohibiting behaviour
A sign prohibiting behaviour likely to increase or cause danger – for example the ‘no access’ safety sign is used to tell employees or visitors that they should not go beyond a certain point. It will have a red circular band with diagonal cross bar on a white background. Here are some other examples:
A yellow triangle with a black border and symbol within the yellow area is giving a warning of a hazard. This is to warn employees or visitors that a potential hazard is present such as these:
A mandatory sign prescribes a specific behaviour that must be done. These will have a blue circle with a white symbol, such as these:
Green and white signs indicate an area of safety, giving information on emergency exits, first aid or rescue facilities. Examples include:
Tom Kitchen, NHBC’s Operations Manager said:
“Construction site safety signs are there for a reason – they deliver important information, to both workers and visitors, warning of hazards to watch out for or of requirements that must be obeyed. All safety signs have to conform to the Safety Signs Regulations and being familiar with the different types of signs helps people to stay safe.”
For the last seven years NHBC has been running the NHBC Health and Safety Awards to recognise the UK’s safest house builders and share the best practice of their site managers in keeping a safe environment on site.
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