Safety signs are signs that give a general safety message, through a combination of colour and geometric shape and which, by addition of a graphical symbol, give a particular message. They are used at high, low and intermediate locations in a Safety Way Guidance System to guide the evacuee to a place of safety.
Safety Tapes are generally used on walls or floors as guidance lines in Safety Way Guidance Systems (link to definition) to clearly delineate an escape route or define an escape path through an open area. Red and green chevron safety tapes are used to outline fire equipment on or near the escape route while black and green chevron tapes highlight hazards along the route.
Safety Markers are used individually and in combination to enhance the escape route message given by safety signs and tapes. They include:
- Dots with arrows
- Plain dots
- Switch markers
Escape route matting is a slip resistant way to mark an escape route that has an inappropriate floor surface that is:
- Smooth and shiny such as tiles
- Wet or has liquid waste from machinery on the surface
- Oily or dusty
- A changing gradient.
SAFETY HANDRAIL MARKERS/INSERTS
Safety handrail markers can be used to highlight handrails on the escape route so that evacuees in the dark can negotiate stairs and other pathways on the Safety Way Guidance System.
SAFETY STAIR NOSING
Safety stair nosing is used to highlight the edge of steps on the escape route. This helps evacuees to orientate themselves as they reach a stairwell and locate the edge and risers of each step as they proceed towards the building exit.
IMO SAFETY SIGNS
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) specifies a very specific range of safety signs for use aboard ships. IMO safety signs are made to comply with the requirements of the SOLAS Convention 1974 Chapter III.
SAFETY CLOTHING AND ARMBANDS
Photoluminescent clothes and armbands are used by fire marshals and first aiders to make themselves visible in dark conditions. They identify who is carrying out the safety procedures in drills and emergency evacuation situations and let evacuees know who to trust in a crisis.
Photoluminescent road signs are used individually or in combination for cycle paths, parkways and other roads. With an afterglow brightness over 1500 mcd/㎡, they are available in round and square shapes and come in 3 colour combinations – Reflective: White / yellow or white / red.