Health and safety signs

As per UK government, It is important to display Health and Safety Legislation Poster in every workplace. If this is not practical then the leaflets should be distributed to all employees.
There are four main types of health and safety sign. Each colour means a different thing.

  • Blue (things you must do)
  • Red (things you must not do)
  • Yellow (warning of danger)
  • Green (indicating a safe condition)
  • Always comply with safety signage
  • Read the labels on containers before using any substances
  • Use any safety precautions required
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Health and safety statistics (2016/17)

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Working people suffering from a work-related illness
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Mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016)
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Injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
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billion £ estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)
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Million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
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Injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
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Construction statistics (2016/17)

  • Construction output in the UK is more than £110 billion per annum
  • Construction contributes 7% of GDP (ref Government Construction Strategy)
  • Approximately a quarter of Construction output is public sector and three quarters private sector.
  • 60% of Construction output is new build, whilst 40% is refurbishment and maintenance.
  • In 2012/2013, in the UK, 148 people were killed at work and more than 21,000 were seriously injured.
  • 1.1 million People in the UK are suffering from an illness they believe was caused or made worse by their current or past work.
  • Workplace injury and illness costs the UK an estimated £13.8 billion each year.
  • A 17-year-old died in his first week at work after falling from a roof. He had received no training and had no safety equipment.
  • In the UK construction industry there are 100 times as many deaths from work-related ill-health and disease as there are from injuries.
  • Every year in the UK around 1,000 slips and trips on construction sites result in broken bones or dislocated joints.
  • In 2012/2013, in UK workplaces, falls from height led to 35 deaths and 4,654 major injuries
  • On average, each year, 7 workers in the UK die as a result of accidents involving vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites. A further 93 are seriously injured.
  • The Health and Safety Executive website has a wide range of information that is free to download (www.hse.gov.uk).
  • If you get caught in a fire, you may be dead before the fire even reaches you due to smoke and toxic gases. Smoke injuries account for 75% of fire-related deaths, although some people die due to burns.
  • An overhead wire does not need to be touched to cause serious injury or death as electricity can jump, or arc, across small gaps.