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Hazard Warning Signs

Hazard warning signs form part of our Safety Signs collection. Each of the signs in this department consists of a yellow triangle with a black border and an instantly identifiable black pictogram, along with a text panel containing black text on a yellow background.

These safety signs aim to identify and inform of threats, dangers, and potential health risks. We sell warning signs for a wide variety of hazards - simply select the relevant category from the list below. Alternatively, feel free to contact Label Source for further assistance.

Legally, hazard warning signs must comply with both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Health and Safety Regulations 1996. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places responsibility on the employer to keep employees safe.

The Health and Safety Regulations 1996 outline workplace regulations around hazard warning sign usage. To maximise safety, hazard warning signs must be:

  • Clear and legible
  • Related to an in-work safety policy and risk assessment
  • For a specific hazard

Under the 1996 Regulations, employers must supply hazard warning signs if needed. Without them, a risk assessment isn’t considered complete, which leaves employers liable.

Hazard warning signs have been proven to reduce workplace accidents, quell employee fears and make working safer.

The Regulations also ensured signs and labels were harmonised between the UK and the EU under the GHS system. This is still in place after Brexit, and you can find out more here:GHS: The History of the Globally Harmonized System

What are Hazard Signs?

Hazard warning signs are a category of safety sign that are used specifically to warn about major risks. They’re essential for protecting the health and wellbeing of workers and guests, as well as making sure your business is operating legally.

Where Should Hazard Signs be Placed?

Hazard signs should be positioned in highly visible locations, ideally at eye level, in the area of the hazard and on any entrances to the hazardous area. For example, a biohazard warning sign should be displayed on the entrance to a room with biohazards, as well as on the containers themselves.

What Hazard Signs Are Available?

There are three main categories of hazard signs: warning hazard signs, danger hazard signs, and caution hazard signs.

  • Warning hazard signs are used to highlight any risks that could result in injury or death. These take the form of a yellow triangle and a black exclamation point, accompanied by descriptive writing.
  • Danger hazard signs are vital for protecting lives, as these signs mark danger with extreme risks to life, such as danger of electric shock.
  • Caution hazard signs are for dangers that are less likely to result in death, but that people should be made aware of nonetheless. For example, slips, trips and falls.

Some examples of these include:

Fire hazards - These labels are for fire-related emergencies such as fire exit signs, fire extinguisher markers etc. Ultimately, they’re there to keep people safe in a fire. Browse our fire safety signs.

Confined spaces - These highlight areas considered as confined spaces, and the measures used to protect against it. Examples include standard caution symbols and specific equipment signs like “use fall arrest”. You can read more in our blog What is Confined Space?

Asbestos - Asbestos is still a big issue in the UK and appropriate hazard signs should be used as a first step to protect against it which we've outlined in our blog post Asbestos Warning Signs: How to Use Them. Browse our range of asbestos warning signs to stay protected.

Hand-arm vibration - These signs protect against Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and help to remind staff to wear protective gear, as well as marking risk level for each piece of vibration-causing equipment. Browse our range of hand-arm vibration labels today.

Overhead hazards - Overhead labels are common warning signs in the construction industry. These signs vary from “mind your head” signs to overhead load safety signs. Our range has overhead hazard signs everything you need.

Slippery surfaces - Slips, trips and falls consistently rank in the top three for workplace accidents in the UK. However, slips and trips are easily prevented with appropriate signage. Don’t slip up, check out our warning signs for slips, trips and falls.

Radiation hazards - radiation hazard signs protect against various forms of radiation.

Find The Right Hazard Warning Signs Today

If you cannot find an appropriate safety sign for your circumstances, we recommend that you call Label Source on 0800 3761 693 - we will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and recommend a suitable solution. You can also reach us via email at sales@labelsource.co.uk.

All of the hazard warning signs in this section are produced to UK, EU, and international standards, such as ISO EN 7010 and the Safety Signs and Signals Regulations 1996.

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