Whether you are a school, warehouse, retailer, industrial company, or any other organisation, First Mats supply an excellent range of safety and emergency signage. With fixed wall mounted fire safety and other health and safety signs, PPE signs which are ideal for factories and building sites, vital first-aid signs, a whole host of free-standing caution signs for all eventualities and more, we are sure to have the ideal signs to keep your staff and visitors informed of safety requirements and procedures.
Accurately and clearly showing hazards, evacuation routes and safety equipment and instructions are your legal and ethical responsibility. The last things you want in the event of an emergency is for personnel, customer or visitors to get injured, or the situation to escalate out of control. Good use of safety signage can help.
First Aid Signs
It is your legal responsibility to provide adequate first aid equipment for the people on your site. You also need to make it clear where that equipment is, so using first aid safety signage is a cornerstone of an effective health and safety policy. These signs can be used to point the way to the nearest first aid kit or station, as well as clearly marking the cupboard or kit.
Fire Warning Signs
Probably the most ubiquitous and most extensive range of safety signage available is for fire safety. Whatever your business, you need to have clear, easy to understand instructions on display for two distinctly different areas:
Fire prevention and control safety signage
These signs include instructions for keeping areas clear of obstructions, keeping fire doors shut, showing extinguisher locations and instructions on their usage.
Fire evacuation safety signage
These signs outline the quickest and safest route out of the building in the event of an emergency, as well as showing clearly how to open the doors along the route, and where personnel should assemble.
Health & Safety Posters
Promoting positive behaviours and prohibiting dangerous, unapproved or illegal activities is the name of the game here. Displaying signs and safety posters include those mandating the use of personal protective equipment, no-smoking signage, no unauthorised access signs, no parking and other safety signage.
Hazard and Caution Safety Signage
These safety signs are all about presenting clear and easy to understand warnings. This can range from cones and bollards warning about slip and trip hazards (wet floor signs, for example), to more specific signage like cautions about moving vehicles and forklifts and warnings about electrical, chemical, flammable or radiation dangers.
In the United Kingdom it is the law for businesses to provide all their personnel with access to an up-to-date copy of the health and safety law. This is so that employees have a familiarity with their rights and their responsibilities, and are able to make more informed choices and access further information if they feel they are being put in unnecessary danger. Most sites will put up a standard health and safety poster in a communal staff area like a break room, but there is also the option to provide every employee with a leaflet. Whichever option you choose,...
If you're a manufacturer, importer or distributor of chemicals and gasses, then you'll know the importance of using safety signage to correctly label hazardous substances. For everyone else, the vast range of labels to choose from can be confusing. Are the colours important? What do the numbers on the labels mean? When do labels need to be used? This guide will provide a good overview of hazard labels, including their uses and their meanings. What are Hazard Labels? Hazard labels are used to clearly and easily identify potentially dangerous substances during transport or in storage. You will almost...
Signs and hazard warnings have become part of everyday, normal life. This is partly due to the increased amounts of cleaning and disinfecting being undertaken in recent times. Of course cleaner work spaces are always a benefit but they do come with some risks, including slips and trips. One of the most common floor cleaning methods is mopping. Although this disinfects the ground and removes any dirt and bacteria, it also creates a temporary slip hazard for anyone walking along the wet floor. That's where wet floor signs come in. Why is it important to use wet floor signs? Wet...
Safety signs provide a fast and easy way of communication for all. They help your business comply with Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 by delivering clear and legible instructions. The signs also decrease the risk of accidents occurring within the workplace as they create an overall safer working environment. They are a common sight in hazardous workplaces such as factories and construction sites, but even safer workplaces need to ensure that they are using the correct signage to keep their staff and visitors safe. There are thousands of different signs available, but understanding which ones your...