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Recently a new range of mandatory and prohibition safety symbol labels have been added to our safety label ranges.

These are available in three sizes (50mm diameter, 75mm diameter and 100mm diameter) and are supplied in pack sizes of 25 labels. These self adhesive labels are manufactured in self adhesive vinyl, with a clear protective laminated surface, providing protection from scratching or rubbing, mild chemicals and household cleaning solvents, as well as being waterproof.

The mandatory range include eye, ear, hand and foot protection, read manual or instructions, keep locked, lifting point, two person handling and wash your hands.

The prohibition range comprise no smoking, no naked flames, and restrictions on touching, reaching in, stepping on or sitting on, as well as pinch points.


These labels can be used on a variety of plant, equipment, fixtures and fittings to emphasise safe operating practices. All the products comply with ISO EN 1710 and the Safety Signs and Signals Regulations 1996.

As some of you may already know, this week is Fire Door Safety Week in the UK. This year, the team are seeking to raise awareness of the critical role that accurately installed and maintained fire doors play, in providing passive fire protection to commercial, public and multiple occupancy buildings. According to their official website, around 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed in the UK every year, which may sound like good news at first, but does not accurately represent the standard of safety upheld across the country. In reality, many fire doors fail to receive the maintenance they need to function safely, often left defective and damaged by a lack of care or poor installation.

In order to raise awareness of this common problem, and highlight its existence in public buildings across the country, Theodore Firedoor went undercover and collected video evidence on behalf of IFSEC Global, in order expose cases of neglect.

In the videos which can be viewed here, Theodore visits a hospital and newly built school - two buildings that would rely heavily on the ability to confine a blaze to certain areas for as long as possible, in the event of a fire. Both cases revealed a range of maintenance and installation issues, from faulty closures to missing 'Fire Door Keep Locked' signs. One of the most concerning issues of all, was the fact that the gaps between doors were well in excess of the fire door safety recommendations, which means that they would fail to prevent the passage of poisonous smoke in the event of a fire.

This footage demonstrated not only how common this issue can be, but also how often it arises in areas we wouldn't expect. When you think about workplaces and areas of vital public importance, such as hospitals, you would expect health and safety issues to be at the very top of their priority list. Sadly, the evidence shows that this is not the case in many instances, seemingly due to a lack of proper care and attention. Anyone who has even the slightest idea about proper health and safety practices, knows that it is not a one-off process, and that there are no fail-proof solutions to preventing everyday dangers. To provide the highest level of protection and confidence in health and safety measures, they must be assessed on a regular basis, in order to ensure that they are functioning to the correct standards for a valuable impact.

In order to ensure that fire doors do provide the correct level of protection, those responsible for installing and maintaining these measures should follow these four simple steps:

Step 1: Conduct a thorough assessment of the property, to identify where fire doors are needed.

Step 2: Install safety doors using a reputable and and certified supplier, before conducting another assessment once the work is completed, to ensure that the doors meet official safety standards.

Step 3: Ensure that fire doors are marked with the correct signs, to ensure that employees, occupants and other members of the public, are properly informed of how they should be used and maintained.

Step 4: Conduct regular checks of the fire doors, using the checklist provided by Fire Door Safety Week here, ensuring that a FDIS inspector is contacted if there is an area of concern.

For more fire safety stories and advice, here.

Working at Height

Working at height can be a very dangerous practice. According to the HSE's 2013/14 statistics on Slips, Trips & Falls, falls from height are the most comon cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, accounting for roughly 3 out of every 10 worker deaths in this country. Even when non-fatal, falling from height can result in all kinds of severe injuries, which is why it's important to take health and safety guidelines seriously when you and/or your employees work at height.

You might think that height safety isn't a concern for your company, but working at height doesn't necessarily mean being thirty feet off the ground. The HSE themselves state that ANY work carried out in a place where "a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury" counts as 'working at height', so that covers everything from rooftops and scaffolds to that chairs that some people will stand on to change a lightbulb.

What can I do to prevent falls from height?

As with any area of health and safety, the first step towards minimising the risk of a nasty fall is to carry out a thorough risk asssesment of the work being done and the working environment you're providing for it. A proper risk assessment should provide you with a list of things to do in order to ensure everybody's safety - depending on the industry you're in, this might include providing safety harnesses, installing an edge protection system, and/or using appropriate signs and labels to warn workers and others of any risks presents.

Here at Label Source, we stock a selection of safety signs and notices that are specifically designed to promote safety while working at height. These include:

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Laser Labels


Would you like to be able to print your own labels? Whether at home or in the office, this task is easier to accomplish than you might think. All you need is a standard laser printer and a computer programme that you can use to design each label's content - Microsoft Word, for example (click here to learn how to make labels using Microsoft Word).

Of course, you'll also need a sheet of blank labels to print on, and that's where Label Source can help you out. We sell a superb range of laser printer labels to accommodate all business and personal requirements, so whether you're looking to label your administrative records, your customers' parcels, or your own CD collection, rest assured we've got the perfect solution for you.

Choose from the following options:

If you'd rather print your labels using a thermal transfer printer, we also sell a wide range of thermal transfer labels for this purpose.

Do you need a different material from the ones listed above? Or perhaps you'd just like our experienced design team to handle the creation of your labels for you? Either way please contact Label Source today to discuss our bespoke labelling options.

If you have to transport hazardous goods or dangerous substances on an ad-hoc basis, our magnetic hazard warning diamonds would be suitable for your requirements. These can be used only when you need to convey these items, and can be removed when not required, and stored for the next use. Also, they can be transferred between vehicles, and this may suit you if the vehicle can vary from one trip to another.


We have a standard range of these available, and others can be produced to customer specification. All are produced in heavy duty provide a strong cling to metal panels of vehicles, and is suitable for use even in windy conditions, or travelling at high speeds due to its high power to weight ratio. These magnetic hazard warning signs are suitable for temporary use on lorries, trucks, vans or cars.