16th March, 2018
Health and safety signs are everywhere. At work, in public buildings, we see them daily. There are 5 health and safety signs, and they all mean different things.
The 5 types of health and safety signs are:
But how do you know which type of sign is which, and what they mean?
Well, they send their message through shape and colour. Once you know what you are looking for, you can quickly understand the exact meaning of the sign (even without reading the words).
Here are the 5 health and safety signs and their meanings.
Prohibitions signs are there to tell you not to do something.
These signs have a red circle with a red diagonal line through it. The pictogram is black on a white background.
Meaning: Do not, Never, Stop, No
Mandatory signs are there to tell you to do something.
These signs are round in shape. The pictogram is white on a blue background. The circle usually has a white border.
Meaning: Do this, You must, Obey
Warning signs are there to warn you of dangers.
These signs are triangular in shape. The pictogram is black on a yellow background, the triangle has a black border.
Meaning: Warning, Be careful, Be aware
Safe condition signs can usually be followed to safety.
These signs are rectangular or square in share. The pictogram is white on a green background, and will often have a white border.
Meaning: Follow, This way, Escape route, First aid
Fire equipment/fighting signs show you where fire equipment is.
These signs are square or rectangular in shape. The pictogram is white on a red background, and will often have a white border.
Meaning: Here is the fire equipment, Fire extinguishers, Fire alarm
Now you should know what a health and safety sign means when you see one. Download the free safety signs toolbox talk as a reminder.