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Health and safety signs can be broken down into the following categories, as specified by British and European Standards. General signs (signs which are used for information purposes) are not required to meet any specific criteria.
Please note there are separate rules in place for road signs and Tactile braille signs.
Colour: White and blue
A blue circle containing a white image denoting that a specific course of action must be taken.
|Safe condition signs
Colour: White and green
A green rectangle or square with a symbol/text in white providing information about safe conditions.
Colour: Black, red and white
A red circular band crossed with a diagonal bar on a white background. A black symbol behind this band indicates the prohibited action.
|Fire equipment signs
Colour: White and red
A red rectangle or square with a symbol/text in white providing information about the location and use of fire fighting equipment.
Colour: Black, yellow and white
A yellow triangle with a black border and symbol denoting a hazard in the environment.
|General information signs
These are not safety signs and therefore are not governed by a specific colour scheme or format. They are to be used for any non safety purpose.