Safetyshop, the UK’s market leader in safety products, has moved to reassure customers ahead of imminent changes to safety sign regulations.
In early 2011, the ISO 7010 standard will be officially updated as part of a move to harmonise safety signage across the whole of Europe, and Safetyshop has revised its catalogue of products in preparation.
ISO 7010 has been in force since late 2003, and covers safety signs used in workplaces and a variety of other locations where people need to be informed about safety matters. All of Safetyshop’s safety signs will comply to the latest ISO standards (Amendments 1-6) and the range will be updated throughout the year as more symbols are released by ISO. Signs for smoking, hard hats and fire assembly points are all covered by the new standard, and can be found in private buildings and public places across the UK.
Various amendments have been made to the standard in recent years and the latest will see a number of changes to signage in order to ensure consistency across Europe. Companies will notice some pictograms have only been very slightly altered to conform to the new rules, while other changes are far more noticeable. All changes however have been designed to make it simple for people of all European nationalities to instantly recognise important safety messages.
Sara Banks, UK Product Manager at Safetyshop, said: “The new standard, ISO EN 7010, has been devised to create consistent symbols, using new pictograms, which have been judgement tested across various EU countries to ensure the symbols are universally understood and recognised.
“We want all of our customers to be reassured, and know that when they buy a safety sign through our online store, it will be up-to-date and comply fully with all of the current guidelines.”