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Conformance to BS EN ISO 7010. 9/9/2013


The Health and Safety Sign Association offer the following advice regarding conformance to BS EN ISO 7010 and compliance to the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations.

The new changes required to conform to BS EN ISO 7010 have been adopted specifically to ensure improved intuitive comprehension of the safety message.

The legislation requires that a formal risk assessment be carried out and this will determine the need for safety signs to locate and identify lifesaving equipment, escape routes and first aid equipment.

The Health and Safety Sign Association recommend that an audit and review should be carried out to determine the residual risk associated with using a safety sign of poor non-conforming design. It is a recommendation that a plan is drawn up for their replacement. This plan will prioritise the replacement of those signs that are poorly designed and that comprehension credential have not been proven under BS ISO 9186.

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Free learning modules for school teachers. 9/9/2013


The members of the Health and Safety Sign Association have funded the development of free learning modules for school teachers to use for all key stage pupil development.

The key stage learning modules start for younger pupils, covering colours and shapes for the safety message, making this an enjoyable lesson, as well as the serious message of identifying hazards in the public environment.

Then for older students, the serious subject of identifying graphical symbols to the new BS EN ISO 7010, to prepare them for the workplace.

The FREE downloadable modules are on the HSSA website - HSSA education free resource.

The members of the HSSA are committed to the ideals of corporate social responsibility and are all contributing to the development of good safety communication for collective protection.

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Revision of design principles for safety signs that will be included in a revision of British Standards.. ISO 3864 Part 1 2000 27/6/2011


ISO 3864-1:2011 establishes the safety identification colours and design principles for safety signs and safety markings to be used in workplaces and in public areas for the purpose of accident prevention, fire protection, health hazard information and emergency evacuation. It also establishes the basic principles to be applied when developing standards containing safety signs.

ISO 3864-1:2011 is applicable to all locations where safety issues related to people need to be addressed.



ISO 3864 Part 4 2011 Revision. Clearer guidelines on safety Sign Colours


ISO 3864-4:2011 establishes the colorimetric and photometric requirements and test methods for the colours of safety signs to be used in workplaces and public areas. It provides the colorimetric and photometric specifications for the named safety and contrast colours prescribed in ISO 3864-1.

The physical requirements that safety signs have to meet are primarily related to daytime colour and normally lit environments. ISO 3864-4:2011 also includes the colorimetric requirements and test methods for safety signs and phosphorescent material which also operate in unlit environments.

ISO 3864-4:2011 is applicable to all locations where safety issues related to people need to be addressed. However, it is not applicable to signalling used for guiding rail, road, river, maritime and air traffic and, generally speaking, to those sectors subject to a regulation that may differ.

The colorimetric and photometric properties of retroreflective safety signs, retroreflective materials combined with fluorescent or phosphorescent materials, or luminous safety signs activated by a radioactive source are not specified in ISO 3864-4:2011.



Free Teaching Aids. 28/5/2009


The Free teaching resource and worksheets, available to download from this website supports safety learning in early years and builds for GCSE students preparing for senior education.


The Health and Safety Sign Association is committed to the promotion of excellence in safety education,
communication and the use of standardised safety signs.

Our members believe that education in the early years is vital to good comprehension of safety related
information as well as the immediate identification of hazards within their public and working environments.



Thank you for your Positive Comments! 20/3/2009


The HSSA Education site has been visited by a number of schools and the feedback has all been positive. Response from teachers has included the following expressions...Fun! Interactive! Learning Tool!



Sponsorship for ISO TC145 Plenary Meeting 20/3/2009


The HSSA announce the sponsorship for the forthcoming ISO TC145 Plenary Meeting, to be held in London later this year. Convenor Mr. Barry Gray has expressed his gratitude for this generous offer.



Going Green!



In an initiative to reduce our industry's waste the Health and Safety Signs Association, whose members make up a significant proportion of the sign makers in the UK have implemented a strategy to minimise the landfill waste we produce. In addition to this important step, we have also introduced a waste reduction strategy to deal with all aspects of our various production and packaging materials. The HSSA believe that this step will significantly reduce our impact on the environment.



New Training Material. 18/11/2008


The Health and Safety Sign Association is pleased to announce that the changes in Pr EN 7010 have been incorporated within the key stage training material.