BS EN 1SO 7010: 2011 & 5499 Series

The BS 5499 (British Standards) series of standards were the foundation for the best practice for safety sign use in the UK.

However most of the BS 5499 standards have now been superseded by BS ISO EN 7010: 2011 Graphical symbols – Safety colours and safety signs – Registered safety signs. As this is an EN (European Norm) EN ISO 7010 will be written into European Law that the UK and other member countries will have to adopt the standard.

BS EN ISO 7010 is a catalogue of safety symbols all designed to confirm to BS ISO 3864 series for design principles. The catalogue will be constantly updated and amended as more symbols are required and approved.

The aim of the standard is to make all safety sign symbols recognisable throughout the International Community.

Whilst fully approving of BS EN ISO 7010, the Health and Safety Sign Association (HSSA) has recognised that there are certain signs and symbols which are in everyday use predominately within the UK. Some of these either do not conform to the ISO 3864 design principles or are awaiting approval for inclusion in BS EN ISO 7010. All of the HSSA members have agreed to give an assurance that these signs and symbols are acceptable for use. BS EN ISO 7010 does not give any guidance for the application of safety signs and these are to be given in updated versions of BS 5499 parts 4, 5 and 10.

BS EN ISO 7010 and BS 5499 graphical symbols and safety signs should not be mixed within the same workplace. When replacing a sign consideration should be given to this fact.

Fire Regulations

Under the, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the occupier of the premises is responsible for compliance.  Non-compliance may lead to CRIMINAL proceedings against DIRECTORS, PROPRIETORS and MANAGERS with direct responsibility for safety.

This person is responsible for the safety of employees and any other persons who may be on the premises or affected by an incident arising in the premises.  The Responsible Person(s) fulfils his responsibility by managing the following:-

As part of that responsibility is the provision of signage and marking (e.g. pipeline identification, hazard markings etc.) There are fines and up to 2 years imprisonment for non-compliance. In the case of death, conviction under The Manslaughter and Corporation Homicide Act 2007 will bring further serious consequences.

Other regulations

BS ISO 3864 Graphical symbols. Safety colours and Safety signs.
Part 1: 2011 Design principles for safety signs and safety markings.
Part 3: 2012 Design principles for graphical symbols for use in safety signs.
Part 4: 2011 Colorimetric and photometric properties of safety sign materials.

BS ISO 20712-1: 2008 Water safety signs and beach safety flags.
BS ISO 16069: 2004 Graphical symbols. Safety signs.
SWGS – Safety Way Guidance Systems
Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual – Specification of temporary road traffic signs.
BS EN 12899-1:2007 Fixed, vertical road traffic signs. Fixed signs
BS 5266-1: 2011 Emergency Lighting. Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises.
Health and Safety (Safety Sign and Signals) Regulations 1996

No Smoking regulations

Health Act 2006 Part 1 and Smoke free (signs) Regulation 2012 Legislation relating to smoke-free areas and signs.

Marine regulations

There are many special regulations covering the marine industry. These are comprehensively explained in an additional publication The Maritime Progress Book, available on request.