Personal protective equipment

Health and safety signs

In several situations, organizational and technical measures are insufficient to prevent or limit the health and safety risks for staff members. A signal that will draw attention to an object, activity or a situation may then be necessary.

This Annex provides an overview of the various categories of signs:

  1. Prohibition signs;
  2. Warning signs;
  3. Mandatory signs;
  4. Rescue signs;
  5. Signs with regard to firefighting equipment.

Prohibition signs


Smoking prohibited



Fire, open flame and smoking prohibited


Prohibited to pedestrians


Not drinking water


Authorized personnel only


Water as extinguishing agent prohibited


Do not touch


Prohibited to transport vehicles


 Prohibited to persons with a pacemaker

Warning signs


Danger


Toxic substances


Oxidizing substances


Corrosive substances


Explosive substances


Inflammable substances or high temperatures


Biological risk


No-ionizing substances


Radioactive substances


Low temperatures


Danger of electrical voltage


Laser beam


Transport vehicles


Important magnetic field


Mandatory signs


Protective footwear mandatory


Eye protection mandatory


Hearing protection mandatory


Protective gloves mandatory


Respiratory protection mandatory


Safety helmet mandatory

Rescue signs


Escape route / emergency exit


Direction to follow (often in combination with a different rescue sign)


First Aid (station)


Stretcher


Safety shower


Eyewash

Signs with regard to firefighting equipment


Fire hose


Ladder


Fire extinguisher


Manual fire alarm


Telephone for firefighting