Irish Employers Given Safety Signs Update

The key change as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland is separation of any explanatory text from the pictorial element in the sign.

The Health and Safety Authority of Ireland has posted a revised guidance document, "Safety Signs at a Place of Work 2010," telling employers what types of safety and warning signs are acceptable. The guidelines were changed, but the signage regulations have not been changed, because of an October 2009 decision by HSA's board.

The key change is separation of any explanatory text from the pictorial element in the sign. Text can be placed on a separate, adjacent sign or displayed beside the pictorial, but the two should not be combined. A single also should not convey two messages, so a sign indicating both protective eyewear and a hard hat are required would not be acceptable, according to the guidelines.

The regulations were enacted in 2007. Employers have until Jan. 1, 2011, to replace unacceptable signs. The guidance says prohibition signboards must be round, with black symbols and pictograms on a white background; warning signboards must be triangular, with black symbols and pictograms on a yellow background; mandatory signboards must be round, with white symbols and pictograms on a blue background; and emergency escape or first aid signboards must be rectangular or square, with white symbols and pictograms on a green background.

Product Showcase

  • SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit

    The SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit is a single-use spot test designed for use in screening for cannabis compounds in any sample type or on any surface. The test is capable of identifying the presumed presence of cannabinoids in very small quantities, with a level of detection as little as 6 μg in mass. Learn more about the SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit and the rest of SwabTek surface drug testing solutions through the webinar titled "Everything You Want To Know About Surface Testing" 3

  • Full Line of Defense Against Combustible Dust Nilfisk

    Nilfisk provides a comprehensive range of industrial vacuums meticulously crafted to adhere to NFPA 652 housekeeping standards, essential for gathering combustible dust in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F & G environments or non-classified settings. Our pneumatic vacuums are meticulously engineered to fulfill safety criteria for deployment in hazardous surroundings. Leveraging advanced filtration technology, Nilfisk ensures the secure capture of combustible materials scattered throughout your facility, ranging from fuels, solvents, and metal dust to flour, sugar, and pharmaceutical powders. 3

  • EMSL Analytical, Inc. - Air Sampling Supplies & Testing Labs

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. operates laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for Asbestos, Mold, Silica, Lead & Metals, Bacteria, Legionella, USP , Combustion By-Products, VOC’s, Radon, PCB’s, Formaldehyde, METH/Fentanyl, Identification of Dust & Unknowns. Sampling Pumps, Cassettes, Media & Supplies available. Reach us at 1-800.220.3675 3