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New guidance to the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 published

The HSE has published new guidance to accompany the safety signs and signals regulations. Why is it important to follow it? 

The HSE has published a new version of the guidance to the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. Whilst the Regulations remain the same, this document brings the guidance into line with the classification, labelling and packaging requirements which have harmonised chemical packaging across the EU. It also includes practical advice for employers on the safety signs and signals required in the workplace. It does so by breaking down the requirements and giving examples of what is required in certain situations. For example, in workplaces where foot injuries could occur, it advises that employers should put signage in place to remind people of the requirement to wear safety footwear. It then explains the type of sign that would be appropriate for this scenario and provides pictorial examples of what the different types of sign look like.

Signs in the workplace need to be relevant and reduce the risk to employees and others. There is a danger of having too much signage which may get confusing to people; this guidance helps to remove any doubt about what should be posted and where. The amendment to chemical packaging has been gradually introduced since 2009 bringing UK classification, labelling and packing in line with EU requirements.

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