ABC Fire and Safety Limited

Fire Safety Signs – Wayfinding Systems

We provide a range of signs, which satisfy the requirements of all the current regulations. These include advisory and mandatory signs for all situations and locations and are available in a range of materials.
Our representatives will carry out a survey of your premises free of charge and will discuss this and any other sign requirements with you.

Introduction to BS 5499

BS 5499 : Part 4 : Code of Practice for escape route signing

While good sign design practice is important, the correct application and positioning of those signs is of equal significance in ensuring an effective signing system is in place. The size and positioning of signs within a building should form a major part of the package. The British Standards Institution has developed a new Code of Practice that clearly and concisely deals with all aspects of the design of an effective escape route signing system. BS 5499: Part 4: Code of Practice for Escape Route Signing, published in 2000, which includes sections on:

  • System design
  • Escape route signs
  • Sign type, sign size and viewing distance
  • Construction durability and suitability
  • Servicing and maintenance
  • Illustrations (use of safety signs)
  • Use of arrows to indicate direction of travel

It deals with the issues associated with designing a co ordinated system of signing throughout any given building. The code outlines items that need to be addressed in considering the overall design, including,

  • Results of any fire risk assessment (The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005)
  • Requirements (if any) of enforcing authorities
  • Operational needs of the building managers
  • Convenience of the users of the building, both workers and Public

The code stresses that it is only through the consideration of these factors that an effective design system for escape route signing can be achieved. It provides clear guidance on how to do this.

Why do we need these Regulations?

These Regulations bring into force the EC Safety Signs Directive (92/58/EEC) on the provision and use of safety signs at work. The purpose of the Directive is to encourage the standardisation of safety signs throughout the member states of the European Union so that safety signs, wherever they are seen, have the same meaning.

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 act can be found at:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1996/341/contents/made
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg184.htm