It’s not just good practice to employ clear and adequate site safety signage, it’s the law. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (with amendments in 2010 and 2012) cover employers’ obligations regarding safety signage where hazards cannot be avoided.

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The Health and Safety Authority has detailed resources on its website or you can download the legislation here.

The Health and Safety Authority has clear guidelines on hazard warning signage (yellow triangle signage) and sign boards. You can download the safety signage PDF here.

Here are just some of the circumstances in which health and safety signage may be necessary according to the regulations:

  • Fragile roofs and ceilings
  • Emergency routes and exits
  • Fire detection and fire fighting
  • Work-at-height danger areas
  • Places with obstacles, falling risk or risk of falling objects
  • Workplace traffic routes
  • Exposure to noise above 85dB(A)
  • Explosive hazard zones


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