Safety Signs For The Blind

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By AdFeatures | Monday, September 24, 2012, 16:48

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As an employer, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that everyone in your workplace is properly informed about hazards and risks through the proper placement of well-illustrated office signs. All workers also need to know the whereabouts of fire escapes and exits, just in case of emergency.

If anyone in your workplace is blind or partially sighted, the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 require you as an employer to take the appropriate measures to ‘supplement or replace’ safety signs around your workplace.

Tactile and Braille Safety Signs

The best way to ensure that everyone in your workplace, even if they are partially sighted, is fully informed about risks, hazards and emergency provisions is to get tactile and braille safety signs fitted. These can be used to inform blind and partially sighted workers about their immediate surroundings, as well as warning them about slippery surfaces and letting them know where their nearest emergency exits are.

Another reason to get safety signs fitted in your workplace for blind and partially sighted employees is to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, which replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995.

Safety signs for the blind come in a few different types, such as:

  • High colour contrast signs
  • Braille safety signs
  • Safety signs featuring raised tactile letters and symbols
  • NHS and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) approved signs

Even if you don’t have a blind or partially sighted person working for you at present, you may do someday. Seton recommends that employers get tactile and braille safety signs - which feature visual safety information and symbols as well as raised letters - fitted in your workplace anyway. Doing so will help you to prepare your workplace for the future, and for all employees who may join the company at a later date.

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