MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2012) - The Health and Safety (Safety Signs & Signals) Regulations 1996 require employers to use safety signs wherever there is a significant risk to health. That's why one website is encouraging employers to carry out a risk assessment of their premises and buy the right safety signs ahead of winter.
According to www.whatishealthandsafety.co.uk, sturdy safety signs should last a long time and are a good investment for any business. They offer clear visual guidance and instruction to staff, visitors and general members of the public and will help keep everyone safe from personal injury.
Commenting on the use of safety signs Matt Hornsby, a spokesman for the site, said: "Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be a signs informing us of one thing or another - but they are absolutely essential and shouldn't be ignored. Not only do they help people avoid accidents around the home or at work, but they ensure companies abide by the law - and this is of extreme importance."
He continued: "As there are so many signs available, it's essential for employers to carry out a risk assessment of their premises. This is a legally-required process that should be taken seriously and will help identify potential hazards in the workplace. Once that has been done, the right security measures can be implemented and the correct products bought from a reputable source."
The website has drawn particular attention to signs that can be updated and modified on a day-to-day basis. These come in a range of shapes and sizes and allow you to write your own messages on legally compliant signs. Templates are available online, but times, dates and the names of appointed persons can be edited as appropriate.
Hornsby said: "Update signs are ideal for a wide range of organisations as the message they convey can be changed with ease. If, for instance, you want to list the fire marshals or employers on duty, you can simply update the sign at the start of the day - it's as simple as that."
As well as safety signs, you also need health supplies like first aid kits, says the site. These too are required by law and will help people feel better if they do get injured. Although a list of compulsory first aid contents is not supplied by the Government, it's wise to have everything from antiseptics to plasters and bandages nearby - just in case.
The advice from www.whatishealthandsafety.co.uk follows worrying statistics from the Health and Safety Executive which reveal that over one million people are injured at work each year and a further 200 are killed.