Safety signs can be found almost everywhere, from nurseries and schools to hospitals, offices, shopping centres, hotels, conference facilities and construction sites. They should be used to convey a clear, unambiguous message that can be easily understood by everyone, even when English is not their first language. This is helped by the use of easily recognisable symbols, such as fire exit running man, no smoking and chemical hazard.
Internationally recognised symbols help to support the sign’s instruction, be it the location of the nearest emergency exit, first aid facility or piece of fire fighting equipment. Safety signage can also be used to warn of potential hazards, restrict access or ensure that personal protective equipment is worn. Other key messages that may need to be conveyed are the need to keep fire exit doors clear and to prohibit certain actions, such as no smoking.
All symbols used should comply with European Normative BS EN ISO 7010, which was written into European law in 2013. In essence, this is the standardisation of all symbols so that they are internationally recognised by all European member states.
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