Andy Norman and Josh Lyne at South East Construction

South East Construction Expo Success

It is that time of year again when our team get a few days out the office to mingle with current and potential connections. Last week they attended the South East Construction Expo, and this week the team will be exhibiting at Kent Construction.

Unlike the vast majority of signage companies in the UK, here at Stocksigns we have always had a strong presence in exhibitions. Since the 1960’s we have exhibited and attended Construction, Facilities, Highways and Health & Safety exhibitions nationwide.

Last week, Stocksigns exhibited at the South East Construction Expo in Ardingly.

Overall the exhibition was a success! Many exhibitors there are already current customers of Stocksigns, so this provided an opportunity to have a personal catch-up; something that can often be difficult to arrange when everyone has blocked out diaries or are located far across the country to each other!

On the stand was Andy Norman, a Senior Account Manager and and Steve Wright our Business Development Manager. Josh Lyne was also on the stand who is new to the signage industry and is our Trainee Account Manager.

If you did not get a chance to meet the team at South East Construction, they are at the Kent Construction Expo on the 3rd October.

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South East Construction Andy Norman and Josh Lyne
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5 Top Tips Construction Safety

Top Tips for a Safe Construction Site

The Construction Industry has the most fatalities than any other industry in the UK (HSE.gov.uk)

The dangers of working in Construction should never be overlooked, and whether you are an apprentice or a site manager, it is the duty of everyone on site to keep everyone safe. 

47% of deaths
in the Construction Industry
over the last five year period were due to falls from height

Stocksigns’ 5 Top Tips for a Safe Site

1. Every worker needs all the necessary training

This may seem obvious to most of us, but when the daily to-do list gets longer faster than things are getting ticked off, or projects on site are behind schedule it is easy to forget to pencil in some time for staff training.

Training should include; proper use of machinery and tools, scaffolding, working at height, health and safety and fire safety training.

2. Use signage to highlight every danger on site

We may be a bit biased here being a safety sign manufacturer, but signs are often overlooked and tend to be a last minute thought.

The Health and Safety Regulations 1996 state  “that safety signs are provided (or
are in place) and maintained in circumstances where there is a significant risk to
health and safety”. However, signs are should only be used in conjunction with safety procedures and not be a substitute for one.

3. Clear communication is key

Whether this is communicating verbally, written or with signage, communication is key in every industry. All staff need to be kept in the loop with the daily goals and activities and also briefed on the potential dangers.

To help maintain the safety message throughout the day, a Site Safety Notice Board may be an ideal addition to your.

Do you need some help with your safety signs?

If you require a site survey or advice to decide which signs you need, and where to install them, our experienced team can help.

4. Appropriate and well maintained equipment

“Make sure that you always have the right tools for the job. It’s no use trying to eat a steak with a teaspoon and a straw.” – Anthony T Hincks

Using incorrect or damaged equipment dramatically increases the risk of injury, so although some financial investment is needed, it will get the job done  on time, safely and to a high standard.

5. Ensure employees and visitors have all the correct PPE

As much as a PPE sign can remind everyone to wear the correct protective gear, some employees and visitors may need some help. Ensure that replacements for any worn or unfit PPE is easily accessible and provided.

Other than providing the PPE equipment and clothing, ensure all staff know which PPE is required for which job.

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Over £5,700 Raised! Dingle Dash Completed

Dingle Dash Banner Charity

The Stocksigns team have been fundraising for various charities over the years. This has involved sleeping rough for the night for the YMCA, cycling to Lapland (not literally), the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Mount Toubkal, and this year the team have successfully hiked up and down the mountains of Dingle, Ireland.

The Dingle Dash Challenge, as we like to call it, took place on the 8th and 9th June 2019, which saw the team hike for 22 hours covering 46miles and reaching a total elevation of 9,000 ft. The team hiked and climbed their way through heavy downpour, sunburn inducing sunshine, downhill bogs and scrambled up and across rocky terrains, and successfully raised over £5,700 for RoSPA and St Catherine’s Hospice!

The team of 17 included 7 staff members from Stocksigns, 2 from Gatwick Airport, 2 from RoSPA, 3 from Messagemaker Displays and 1 from Service Plus. We also had Pete and Nigel as our support team from the Stocksigns and Messagemaker Displays team.

Day 1

Distance: 26.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 6,107 ft
Time: 12h 25m

Our 12.5 hours hike began at the Brandon View Point with an easy start along the road side with a few rainbows to admire. This was short lived with heavy downpour and rocky terrains soon to follow.

The climb up Mount Brandon was in the clouds with some steep boulders to climb, and slim un-even paths to follow. The team made it to the summit, exhausted and wet but with a great sense of achievement. The journey down was cold and wet for a few hours until they emerged from the low clouds into beautiful sunshine and a rewarding view over Feohanagh before the 10 mile hike and to the finish line.

Day 2

Distance: 20 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,977 ft
Time: 9h

The distance for Day 2 may have been shorter, but the team had started the day trying to lessen the pain in their feet and legs. After a few stretches the team began their hike to Eagle Mountain. Walking through Dunquin up and down steep hills, we had a highly varied weather again with periods of downpour and sunshine (80% of us are sun-burnt!)

The team made it to the top of Eagle Mountain with fantastic views all around them. After a quick break to re-fuel the team set off down the other side, with their knees crunching all the way down!

The fantastic views most certainly helped the team ignore all their aches and pains, but the challenge proved more difficult that our previous 3 peaks challenge!

The hot sunshine, downpour, slippery bogs, boulders and rock climbing put the team through their paces, challenging their physical and mental strength, but they never stopped smiling! At every peak the team proudly flew their banner with all our sponsors and our chosen charities.

Dingle Dash Day 1 Charity Stocksigns
Dingle Dash Day 1 Charity Stocksigns

A big thank you to our sponsors

Cellular Solutions
RGC
metamark materials
Innova solutions
Ontrac Training
ANSWERPAK
Service Plus Redhill
arcom it
Righton Blackburns
Heron Painters and Decorators

The Hiking Team
Gavin, Adam, Rob, Keith, Tom, Danny P, Santosh, Neil J, Danny A,
Daniella, David, Lillian, Dave, Neil Price

The Support Team
Pete and Nigel

Dingle Dash RoSPA St Catherine's

This Year’s Challenge : The Dingle Dash

Dingle Dash Banner Stocksigns St Catherine's Hospice and RoSPA

Our team at Stocksigns love two things; fundraising for great causes and a challenge, so this year we will be taking on the Dingle Dash!

Last year, we conquered Mount Toubkal, where the treacherous snowy mountain had some of us shaking in our boots, we’ve slept rough to fundraise for YMCA. This year we’re off to Ireland, to tackle a couple of mountains along with some rain.

On the 8th of June 2019, a team of 15 men and women from Stocksigns, Gatwick Airport and RoSPA, will be hiking across Dingle for 2 days to fundraise for RoSPA (Royal society for the Prevention of Accidents) and  St Catherine’s Hospice.

Dingle Dash Summary
Dingle Dash Training 1st Session in the snow
Dingle Dash Training Rain
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St Catherine's Hospice Logo

” St Catherine’s Hospice was established in 1983 and we are experts in end of life care. We’re the leading provider of hospice care in Sussex and East Surrey, helping around 2,100 terminally ill people, their family members, friends, and carers each year.

We’re a local charity with a big ambition: to help everyone face death informed, supported and pain free. Providing expert hospice care, we’re there for people in West Sussex and East Surrey when life comes full circle.

We also pioneer standards in end of life care through collaboration, research and training, reaching even more people facing death and bereavement.

We provide completely tailored care. It could be a bath, a favourite meal, or helping someone manage their pain. For us, hospice care is whatever our patients and those closest to them need it to be.
We also give emotional, spiritual and welfare support to anyone affected by death and bereavement.

Our care is only possible thanks to the generosity of our local community who donate to and volunteer with us. Each year around £7.5 million is donated by our supporters and more than 1,000 people volunteer to help give our tailored care when people need us most.

Community support means we’re there when life comes full circle. “

RoSPA Logo

Our Vision: Life, free from serious accidental injury.
Our Mission: Exchanging life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries.

Following a public meeting in Caxton Hall in 1916 it was decided to elect a London “Safety First” Council to tackle the “alarming increase in traffic accidents, and the direct connection therewith of the restricted street lighting which had been necessitated by the War conditions”.

So began the organisation which was to become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

RoSPA offers a wealth of advice, information and resources in all areas of accident prevention: on the road, at work, at leisure, in the home and in schools and colleges. RoSPA is a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for 100 years.

Follow the team’s training progress on twitter with #TeamStocksigns

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Constructionline Gold Member

Just a month ago Stocksigns announced their Silver Constructionline membership. Now we are very pleased to announce…

We are Gold Constructionline Members

The membership is “an increase level of scrutiny and assurance”, which has been achieved through numerous validations assessments for our environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence, anti-bribery and corruption policies.

This accreditation will open many doors for Stocksigns, offering validated proof of our high level of Health and Safety in our both our installations, survey and in our day to day running of the business.

Stocksigns is dedicated to providing the highest quality product and service to every customer, for every project.

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Danger Slippery Surface A Board Sign

Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention

Wintery conditions increase the risk of slips and falls outdoors, leading to potentially serious and life-changing injuries.  On a national scale, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that 31% of all non-fatal injuries are caused as a result of slips, trips or falls on the same floor level.

To combat these statistics, Stocksigns has a wide range of outdoor construction safety signage in preparation for the weather taking a turn for the worst. Those who oversee the control of any outdoor site, especially construction sites, must work together to manage the potential risks and eliminate these risks, allowing people to move safely around the site.

  • Slip, trip or fall on same level
  • Handling, lifting or carrying
  • Struck by moving object
  • Fall from height

The main causes for slips and trips on these sites include uneven surfaces, obstacles, trailing leads and cables, wet or slippery surfaces and unexpected changes in the flooring level. Implementing the appropriate signage in locations where risks are high is a crucial safety tool to save injuries and even lives.

Traditional signage can sometimes be taken for granted, but the are legal requirements by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) which requires employers to protect against these hazards in the workplace.

Stocksigns essential hazard signs help alert and warn of potential dangers in and around a site.  Hazard signs cover three main areas; Danger, Warning and Caution dependent on the severity of the threat.  Made available in aluminium and rigid plastic, the Stocksigns Group range of construction safety signage are fully compliant with ISO 7010.  The signage specialists are committee members of the Heath and Safety Sign Association, as well as being an active supporter and partner of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

It’s crucial for both employers and employees to be made aware of the risks when working in treacherous conditions outdoors. We have a duty as signage professionals to guide individuals in making the correct choices when implementing signage around a site, maximising the levels of safety and reducing the potential risks to themselves and others around them.

Constructionline Silver Member

Stocksigns is a Silver Constructionline Member

We are pleased to announce that Stocksigns Ltd is a Silver Member of Constructionline!

From the office and production staff to our installation team, we pride ourselves on our high quality work. Now Stocksigns Ltd has been checked and assessed and approved by Constructionline, as can prove it.

We do everything to the book. No shortcuts and certainly no compromise on the quality of our signage.

Stocksigns Constructionline Silver Member Certificate
Charity Partners Stocksigns and RoSPA

Helping 100 Young Families Stay Safe

Stocksigns is funding 100 Keeping Kids Safe Packs.

Every rigid plastic sign you purchase this January and February, will not only aid your safety, but also help prevent accidents to 100 young children in the UK. 

Every week, over 100 under 5’s are hospitalised for accidental poisoning, and this pack is one step to prevent unnecessary accidents to our vulnerable children.

Stocksigns and RoSPA are focused on improving and maintaining high standards of health and safety, with the ultimate goal of avoiding accidents in the workplace, at school, on the road and at home.

By manufacturing and supplying vital health and safety signage, Stocksigns want to ensure we all stay safe wherever we are and whatever we’re doing. Our charity partner RoSPA research, campaign and teach life-savings skills and knowledge to reduce accidental injuries.

We have been working with RoSPA for over 8 years. We’ve climbed a couple of mountains and cycled to lapland to fundraise all we can for this great charity. This January you can help too.

20mph speed sign for road traffic signage

Improving Road Safety with Signage

Every year we develop our range to include signs which can help lower accidents and keep all pedestrians, cyclists, horse-riders, bikers, car, lorry and van drivers safe. Something as simple as positioning a speed sign in a clearly visible spot, or highlighting dangers in the road such as sharp turns will prompt drivers to change their speed and heighten their awareness.

20mph speed sign for road traffic signage
Road safety does not only apply to public roads.

Of course the obvious signs to use are the standard ones we see everyday on the roads. This can be 20mph speed signs, speed ramp signs, or sharp bend signs. However, these signs are not only necessary on public road.

Many private company properties such as quarries, industrial premises or supermarket car parks are large enough where motorists and pedestrians are using the same area. So it’s vital to have clear sufficient signage in areas where distractions are in abundance. By highlight footpaths and cycle paths, the direction of travel and speed limits , all pedestrians and motorists can be kept safe.

LED Speed Signs

Our sister company Messagemaker Displays has developed a range of intelligent Vehicle Activated Speed Signs.

More noticeable than a printed speed sign, these LED signs are the ideal solution for high risk areas and easily grab the attention of all motorists.They have proven popular with schools as the signs can be programmed to change the road’s speed limit in school commute times to keep our children and parents safe. Read the Messagemaker Displays Welsh School Case Study

Messagemaker Displays LED Speed Indicator Device Speed Sign

Well-being walk helps raise money for Gatwick TravelCare

On Wednesday 26th September, a team from Redhill-based signage company Stocksigns joined forces with staff and partners at Gatwick Airport, to take part in a sponsored walk showcasing the pedestrian routes that surround the airport.

Over 40 people donned their trainers and set off to discover lakes, walking trails, tunnels and underpasses all whilst helping raise valuable funds for the Gatwick TravelCare charity. The charity assists over 2,000 passengers with travel-related problems each year. With a knowledgeable team, many of whom are volunteers, TravelCare are on hand to ensure that passenger journeys through the airport are smooth, enjoyable and any problems are resolved as quickly as possible.

David Harbison, Stocksigns Senior Project Development Manager worked with Sara Marchant, Accessibility Manager at Gatwick Airport  to arrange the event.
“Having worked closely with Gatwick over the past 6 years, Stocksigns were delighted to be able to support Sara raise the profile of the many walking trails that surround the airport. I am sure many of the staff and passengers may be surprised to know that they could access such beautiful green space within a 5 minute walk of the terminal buildings” said David.

“Although the route may be a hidden gem for some, many are already in the ‘know’ as our team discovered when they met cyclists, runners and picnickers while completing the walk. One innovative taxi driver was waiting for his passenger to arrive while enjoying a spot of fishing by the lake – which we all agreed was a fantastic way to pass the time!”

Stocksigns Managing Director, Danny Adamson added “As a company we appreciate that regular walking can help both mental and physical health, and as such we introduced the Friday walking club.  So when the opportunity came to work on this joint initiative with one of our key customers it was the perfect fit for us.”

“The walk raised over £250 and we would like to thank everyone that took part on the day”.

Prince Consort lectern

Putting a STOP to sign Vandalism

If all graffiti could be as artistic as Banksy, people might not have such a problem with it.  Unfortunately, a lot of graffiti is rude, unsettling or just unsightly and it is something that should be abolished.  Graffiti can ruin the family friendly feel of villages or the feeling of safety in cities and is associated with crime and bad behaviour.

The cost of vandalism…

Beyond this, vandalism can destroy personal, company and local government property.  Even if the attacked item is not destroyed, it nonetheless is very inconvenient and costly to remove.  Network Rail spends approximately £5million per year cleaning up graffiti, while the London Underground spends close to a staggering £10million per year, proving that vandalism is a huge problem. Markings that obscure the purpose of the sign can be dangerous so it is essential that the messages of road signs or warnings are clear to the public.

At the Stocksigns Group we aim to reduce the inconvenience and cost associated with graffiti by offering signage that is graffiti and permanent marker resistant. These qualities are particularly useful as removing graffiti rapidly has been shown to help reduce the likelihood of re-offending, as vandals thrive off the chance to showcase their work.

How can graffiti resistant products help…

Although no sign can claim to be completely damage proof, we offer a wide range of graffiti resistant products. One of these products is Vitreous Enamel, a product that has been present for over 100 years and is renowned as one of the most hard-wearing, vandal resistant signage options.

The process of creating a Vitreous Enamel sign involves the fusion of an image onto glass coated steel in a furnace at temperatures up to 800oC, creating a sign with a lifespan of over 40 years. The finished sign has a high quality, vibrant, lustrous finish with fire retardant and fade resistant qualities,making them a popular choice for places where signs need to be long lasting in harsh environments.

Stocksigns can also supply a range of durable signs which provide many of the benefits of Vitreous Enamel. With vibrant colours, hard-wearing coatings and various metal options, they are robust and convenient vandal resistant signage and will last for over 10 years.

Extend the life of your signs…

Keen to offer products that are suitable for all applications, Stocksigns can also apply a protective overlay film (POF) on the majority of standard signs to extend the lifespan by up to 3 years. These are commonly used on construction sites and around local communities as the POF creates a surface which can be easily cleaned to rid graffiti with the use of specialist graffiti remover or just a simple microfiber cloth and water or acetone.

Managing Director of the Stocksigns Group, Danny Adamson said, “Vandalism always poses problems in society, so we aim to maintain and discourage damage to signage with our range of vandal resistant solutions, suitable for all levels of requirements. Recovering signs from incidences of graffiti creates a much longer lifespan making them more cost efficient.  Speed of removal also decreases time spent cleaning and restoring signage, diverting staff resources and money back to areas that require them.”

Digital Signage and Interactive Solutions Summit

Out on the road again…

This autumn, teams from across The Stocksigns Group, will be out and about meeting new customers and saying hello to old friends at a range of events across the South East.

In September, colleagues from Messagemaker Displays will be taking part in the Digital Signage and Interactive Solutions Summit. At this two day event (24th/ 25th September) the team will be on hand to discuss our full range of internal and external LED signs and displays.
digitalsummit.com.

In early October, teams from Stocksigns and First Call Signs will be discussing all things construction with a host of industry professionals at the South East Construction Expo 2018 (13th October). As well as our vast health and safety range, the team will be on-hand to discuss our custom signs, hoardings and
large scale site boards that are now being rolled out to customers in the construction sector across the UK www.constructionexpouk.co.uk.

As the month draws to an end, we set our sights on London for the London Build Expo at Olympia. Over two days (23rd / 24th October), the team can be found in the Infrastructure Zone at one of the UK’s leading building and construction shows in the capital.
www.londonbuildexpo.com.

If you are attending any of these events, we would be delighted to see you .

Improving Water Safety with Signage

Statistics published by the National Water Safety Forum showed that across the UK in 2017, there were 255 people who lost their lives in accidental drownings. Many of these accidents could have been avoided with adequate precautions and safety measures.

As it is National Drowning Prevention Week (15-25th June 2018), we are reminded how important it is to educate children and adults of the dangers of water, as well as highlighting the need for drowning prevention initiatives.

To lower the number of drownings, signs can be used to inform people of the dangers present in and around the water they are interacting with. These dangers can include very cold temperatures, hidden currents, pollution and the inability to judge depth, as well as informing what the emergency procedures are.

Because water hazards are not just confined to the beaches and coastline, our range includes a variety of signs that can be used many environments such as swimming pools, beaches, quarries, rivers, reservoirs and lakes. We can also create bespoke signs to ensure you can communicate exactly what you need to safe-guard everyone on your site.

 

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£10,000 reasons to say thank you…

This has been a fabulous week for everyone at The Stocksigns Group. On Tuesday 20th June, our Managing Director, Danny Adamson, attended the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gala Award Dinner to present a cheque for over £10,000, as part of our fundraising efforts for the charities Brighter Beginnings Campaign.

RoSPA Brighter BeginningsAs the official signage partner of RoSPA, Stocksigns have been supporting the charity for almost a decade and since the beginning of the year, we have been fundraising for the Mount Toubkal Trek which took place in May. The trip saw an intrepid team of 12 climb to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain. What, from the warmth of a Surrey office, seemed a daunting prospect really was a test of both endurance and physical strength with the team tackling freezing temperatures and sheer drops on their route to the top.

We were thrilled with the support we received from so many of our suppliers, family and friends, all of whom contributed so generously.

ROSPA Guardian Angel

The fundraising efforts of David Cload, Projects and Survey Manager, who arranged and led the trip were also recognised when he received the prestigious RoSPA Guardian Angel Award at the dinner hosted as part of this year’s Safety and Health Expo 2018.

Our loyal customers also contributed to this fantastic total, which included donations made as part of our New Year sales promotion.

On behalf of all the team at Stocksigns, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in helping reach such a fantastic amount for a worthy cause.

To find out more about the work of RoSPA and the Brighter Beginnings Campaign, please visit their website www.rospa.co.uk.

Stocksigns Catalogue 2018

New 2018 Stocksigns Catalogue

We are pleased to announce the release of our new Edition 17 catalogue, with a fresher look, new products and updated safety signs.

We always ensure our signs are compliant with current legislation, so we have updated all the relevant signs in accordance with the new 2018 ISO symbols, as well as the introduction of new safety signs.

To offer our customers the best signs we are always looking at new products to increase our range, so we have introduced some new health and safety signs, as well as new Stretched Fabric Lightboxes, Frames Prints and Pop-up banners from our custom-made sign service.

From construction hoarding, to wall mounted lettering and illuminated signs, there are thousands of possibilities with our custom-made sign service, so we have included additional snapshots in the catalogue to provide a better taste of the wide possibilities of what we can do.

 

 

The Merstham Mix Cafe

New Look for Community Café thanks to Stocksigns

The Merstham Mix, a new ‘not for profit’ café based in the Merstham Community Hub, has been given a fresh look due to signage donated by local sign company, Stocksigns Ltd.

The café, located on Portland Road, opened its doors late last year with the aim of  bringing the local community together, while providing healthy and affordable meals, using ingredients donated from local supermarkets and food producers.

The Merstham Mix Cafe Inside

Stocksigns Project Manager David Cload explains how they came to be involved. “When Stocksigns were contacted and asked to support the project, we were more than happy to help. It’s a very worthwhile scheme and as a local business we are pleased to be able to support such initiatives. Not only that, but the café has now become a lunchtime favourite of the Stocksigns staff!”

The company provided an array of branded internal signs, window stickers and displays in the vibrant café colours.

“We would like to thank Stocksigns for all their help” said Anna Rooke, Volunteer Manager at the café. “The signs look great and have really helped to put our café on the map”

The Merstham Mix is open at selected times, Monday – Saturday.

For more information on Stocksigns, please visit www.stocksigns.co.uk
For more information on the Merstham Mix, please visit www.mersthammix.org.uk

Save 20% on signage this No Smoking Day…

No Smoking Day is full of help and advice for those who want to quit smoking, and a prompt for others to consider it. With 79,000 deaths recorded in 2015 as a result of smoking, it’s no secret how damaging smoking is to a person’s health.

To help lower the number of smokers in England, a smoking ban was implemented in 2007 for all enclosed public spaces and vehicles. Today, many establishments are taking a step further and are opting for completely smoke-free premises to create cleaner outdoor environments and help people quit smoking.

Signs play a key role in communicating the smoking policies of your premises, and informing where it is against the law to smoke. The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012 requires that ‘at least one legible no-smoking sign must displayed in smoke-free premises’.

To help you keep in line with regulations, Stocksigns have a comprehensive range of no-smoking signs, including wall mounted, hanging and floor signs.

From the 12th – 16th March, all No Smoking signs bought online are discounted by 20%!
View the full range here.

For help on how to quit smoking, please visit the NHS Smokefree site.

Festival

Why signage is key to a successful event…

As the UK grin and bear the icy cold weather, the warm sunny days seem a lifetime away, but it will be here before we know it, and the Country fairs, music and food festivals will be in full swing once again. Many people will already be organising which festivals they want to attend, and if you are organising an event you will most likely be well under way into the planning.

To help with the smooth running of any event you will have in-depth plans set up for all areas, and an important factor of these plans will be signage.

Navigating through any sort of event can be stressful and confusing, but with clear signage you can easily guide both the public and staff to key areas and facilities around your site. Not only will this keep everyone stress free but it will help control risks and keep visitors safe.

Refreshments, First Aid, Parking, Toilets and Fire Assembly Point are some of the main areas you will probably want signage for. These could be directional signs to lead the way, signs to mark the locations or informational signs.

                           

FirstCallSigns, part of the StockSigns Group, have a wide selection of signs in stock to cater for your festival, but if you cannot find exactly what you need, we can create bespoke signs with your branding, custom text, imagery and colours.

Signs are supplied on a 4mm or 10mm Correx for easy fixing and removal to minimise time and effort when setting up your festival.

To browse our temporary festival signs visit https://www.firstcallsigns.co.uk/temporary-signage-for-festival-and-summer-events-season or call 0800 652 6270 to chat to one of our experts

Top Safety Accreditation for Stocksigns

Stocksigns has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies. Stocksigns, one of the UK’s leading signage companies provide temporary and permanent signage for companies throughout the UK. Works is principally involved in the construction, health care and property sectors sector.

The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Stocksigns has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

David Harbison, Project Development Manager for Stocksigns, managed the accreditation programme on behalf of the company. “I am delighted that the good practices we employ at Stocksigns, have now been recognised with this official accreditation” David commented.

“As a company, we appreciate the importance of Health and Safety across our manufacture and installation processes and having an official recognition such as SafeContractor provides our customer and potential customers with peace of mind when working with us.

 

CCTV camera

Why CCTV Users should keep an eye on GDPR Legislation…

Many businesses operate CCTV, some wholly inside their own premises and some outside.
However, if you operate CCTV, in the eyes of the law you are collecting personal data and that means you need to comply with the Data Protection Act, or from May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This is because images of people captured by CCTV are personal data.

Your Obligations

As part of your obligations under the legislation, you must tell people that you are taking their personal data. The most effective way of doing this is by using prominently placed signs at the entrance to the area covered by CCTV and reinforcing this with further signs inside the area.

Clear and prominent signs are particularly important where the cameras themselves are very discreet, or in locations where people might not expect to be under surveillance. As a general rule, signs should be more prominent and frequent where it would otherwise be less obvious to people that they are on CCTV.

Clear and Visible Signage is Essential

Signs should be clearly visible and readable, contains details of the organisation operating the system, the purpose for using CCTV and who to contact about the scheme. You may not have to include all of those details where it is obvious to those being monitored, such as CCTV wholly within a workplace. If CCTV is installed within a shop, for example, it will be obvious that the shop is responsible, so you won’t need to include that on the signs.

Signs should be an appropriate size depending on context, so you’d expect signs to be bigger if they need to be viewed by car drivers or from a distance.

Apart from good signing, all staff should know what to do or who to contact if a member of the public makes an enquiry about the CCTV system. Systems in public spaces should have signs giving the name and contact details of the company, organisation or authority responsible.  Business owners should take care with this, because often cameras sited on premises might still capture the images of people walking by.

There is plenty of help available from the Information Commissioners Office on how to run a CCTV system lawfully, but it is often the issue of correct signing where businesses fall short.

The best way to ensure you are compliant is to talk to our team of dedicated account managers who can offer advice on the right signs for you.

Contact them today on 01737 774077.

Flames

Essential Fire Safety Signage

With fire posing deadly risks and devastating consequences, it is essential that fire safety is top of your agenda when considering health & safety signage for your business. Ensuring that you are prepared for the eventuality of a fire help can you avoid employee and visitor injury, protect against costly damages and recently increased health & safety breach fines.

 

Where do I start…?

If you’re responsible for the fire safety in your workplace, then the first step is to conduct a fire risk assessment of the premises. This will allow you to:

  • Identify risks and hazards
  • Control for identified risks by implementing appropriate fire safety measures
  • Make plans for an emergency
  • Inform staff of fire safety procedures
  • The Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 act states that safety signage should be used where there is a significant risk to health and safety where other methods cannot control the risk. Signs must conform to BS ISO 7010 standard to ensure consistency.Work environments come in all shapes and sizes so fire safety requirements will differ, however we have put together a recommendation of some of the essential fire safety signs you should be displaying around your business:

 

Fire Exit Signage

Fire Exit Sign

If your building has a simple layout and it is clear and obvious where the exit is e.g a door at the front of a small shop – then fire exit signage is not a requirement.

However for bigger or more complex buildings signage is essential. You should first determine your primary exit route.

This should be the shortest and quickest route out of a building from any given location – for these routes use the Exit signage.

You also need to plan a secondary escape route in case a fire makes the primary route impassable. For this route and for all other routes out of a building use the Fire Exit Signage:

  • If in any doubt about which signs to use – use the Fire Exit Signage throughout the entire building
  • From any position within a building an escape sign should be visible
  • Once you have passed the first sign the next sign on the route should be clearly visible
  • You will need further signage at every change of direction
  • Final exit signs must be above all final exit doors
  • Signs must not be conflicting – e.g. two arrow up back to back sign could cause confusion or people from opposite directions running in to each other

Your fire exit signage is part of the safe condition category, these signs are identified by white text on a green background and gives information on escape routes or first aid. For more information about which direction you require and viewing distances check out our easy to follow blog on understanding fire signage here.

 

Fire Door Signage

Fire door keep shut

Fire doors are crucial in slowing the spread of fire. When closed, they act as a barrier to help prevent the fire from spreading and when open they allow as a means of escape.

All fire doors should be marked with the appropriate sign dependent on the type of exit. The following signage is mandatory (white text on blue background) which indicates a course of action must be taken. Where appropriate the sign should be displayed on both sides of the door.

  • Fire Door Keep Shut – use for fire doors that need to be closed when not in use
  • Fire Door Keep Locked Shut – use for fire doors that must be kept locked when not in use
  • Automatic Fire Door Keep Clear – use for doors that are held open by an automatic mechanism

 

Fire Action Notice

The purpose of a fire action notice is to inform employees or visitors of what action to take in the event of a fire. These signs can come with spaces to fill in details and gives information such as:

  • Phone number to call the fire brigadeFire Action Notice
  • Address of building
  • How to exit the building
  • Assembly point information
  • Specific instructions regarding the building

There are a range of different fire action notices – such as notices for buildings with lifts, for residential care homes, for people with mobility issues etc. Ensure you choose the correct sign for your business and the people who use it/have access to. It is a good idea to position your fir action notice next to your fire alarm call point. This means that whoever is activating the alarm has details on what to do and where to go on sounding the alarm.

 

Fire Assembly point

Fire Assembly Point

 

Your emergency exit routes need to lead as directly as possible to a safe area. This should be far enough away from the building so that emergency services are able to avoid interference and so potential debris from the fire is avoided.

When determining your fire assembly point you must also ensure this is suitable for vulnerable people when exiting a building such as elderly people or people with mobility issues.

Fire Safety Equipment:

It is crucial that staff and visitors are aware of the location of fire safety equipment and how to use it in the event of a fire. Current legislation states that all fire safety equipment which requires manual handing must be easy to locate and have clear signage. Fire safety equipment signs are red with white text to allow for easy identification

– Fire Extinguishers

It is recommended to display signage giving details on fire extinguishers types (water, Co2, Hydrospray, powder, wet chemical & AFF foam) so that people can quickly choose the chose the correct extinguisher in an emergency depending on the type of fire.

The majority of fires can be successfully tackled in the first few minutes with the correct extinguisher; therefore it is vital that staff are aware of the location and detail of extinguishers. Signage, with symbols to accompany instructions, should be displayed next to every extinguisher location.

 

Fire Extinguishers

 

– Fire Alarm Call PointFire alarm call point

It is mandatory to display a fire alarm call point sign next to all fire alarm points. A fire alarm call point enables people to quickly raise the alarm in the event of an emergency or fire.

UK fire alarm regulations (BS 5839) recommend fire alarm systems to be inspected at least every 6 months and tested weekly to help prevent false alarms and alert occupants in the event of a fire.

 

– Other fire safety equipment signage

If you have other fire safety equipment on your premises then you should also include signage to highlight the location. This includes but is not limited to:

Fire hose reel, fire blanket, dry riser & wet riser signs.

Fire hose reelFire Blanket Wet riserDry Riser

 

Glow with the flow…

All of our Fire safety signs are available in photoluminescent material. The glow admitted from the  signs will help staff and visitors make their way out of a building or locate fire safety equipment if the lighting fails. There are multiple benefits of your photoluminescent signage, to read about these read our blog here.

 

School signs

School Holiday Sign Audit

With the summer holidays around the corner, students can breathe a sigh of relief, and teachers can jet away for a much needed break. However, for some it’s a great time to take stock, plan for the new academic year ahead and think about changes that can be made to the school premises.

School holidays are an ideal time to carry out a school safety sign audit. The building, grounds and car parks will be easier to access during this time and provides the ideal opportunity to audit your school signage.

It’s a perfect time to make sure your signs are present, in good condition and conform to the latest legislation. Take the time to walk around your premises, include the playground, games areas or playing field and car & bike parks.  It may take a couple of trips round if you have a large or complicated building layout. Note all your existing fire and safety signs. Do you have all the necessary signs covered by legislation? While it isn’t yet a requirement to change all your existing safety signs to the new ISO 7010versions, the advice is not to mix signage from different legislative standards. Best practice recommends, if changes or additions are needed, updating to the most recent standard.

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School entrance signSchool Identity

In many counties throughout the UK, schools are changing. Many are moving from first and middle schools to ‘through’ primaries or becoming Academies. Thought will have to be given to how the new school will present itself, signage is the ideal way to communicate school identity messages. The start of a new term can be an anxious time for new pupils, clear way-finding signage can help to alleviate worries about getting lost in the new and strange school.

Stocksigns has been working with schools for many years building up an understanding of the unique challenges faced by teachers and local authorities. We have created some education sign resources to help schools get the best from their signage.

Information and way finding

Lost property school sign

Simple and effective wayfinding systems will help new students orientate themselves quickly. We offer a large range of school information signs to clearly mark areas around your school premises such as Classrooms, Library’s, entrances and offices.

Help teach organisation skills by clearly marking storage areas. Our primary school signs are available as standard in dark blue, green, light blue or red. If you’d like your own school colours, logo or any specialist design just let us know and we can create this for you as part of our custom service.

CCTV Sign

Security

School holidays can also be a great opportunity to see if there is a need too increase security to your grounds or buildings. An empty school yard can be a tempting hangout so increasing security signage can be enough of a deterrent to keep school property vandalism free .

Signage Condition

What condition are your safety signs in? Safety signs over time can become dirty or damaged with environmental factors also playing a role in their condition. Signs in areas of high traffic can become dirty quickly. Make sure all signs are clean,clear and can be easily read.Where signs  are illegible and beyond cleaning they should be replaced them where necessary.

National Three Peaks Challenge

This Friday we start our epic Three Peaks Challenge! This involves climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours. We are raising money for our partner agency RoSPA’s  (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Brighter Beginnings campaign. This was launched as part of their centenary celebration after discovering that a third of parents felt they didn’t have enough information to protect their children . The appeal has already seen the launch of:

  •           A Parent Hub – with helpful information to keep children safe
  •           A freephone helpline –  providing 24 hour support on the phone and over email

As accidents continue to be the biggest killer of children and young people under 19 the work the carry out  is invaluable.

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The challenge begins in Scotland on Friday 23rd with our ascent up Ben Nevis at 4pm. The peak is the highest in the UK at 4, 411.18ft! We then descend at pace before cramming back into our mini bus and head south to England.

Next up is Scafell Pike, we start our ascent in darkness at the cringingly early time of 2.30am on Saturday! This mountain is the smallest but is the most technical in parts which will test our head torch navigation skills to the max! We then descend and make our way to Wales.

Finishing up with our 3rd and final Mountain, Snowdon, we aim to have completed the descent by 3pm no doubt exhausted!

Our Managing Director Danny Adamson, a solid member of our training walks, said “The team has worked incredibly hard and they have been dedicated to the training.  Conquering this technical and enduring challenge is equal parts exciting and daunting, however we are confident we can complete this in the narrow time frame of 24 hours.

“We would love to thank everyone for the support they have shown so far, and our incredible sponsors including Famous Publicity, Centaur Roofing, Windmill Tapes, Metamark and NEPlastics.”

Stocksigns Group Managing Director Danny Adamson said, “We are putting ourselves through this mighty challenge to help parents give little ones the best possible start at life.  Health and safety is at the heart of what we do and being able to support RoSPA in keeping children safe is a cause we are proud to support.

At Stocksigns safety is something we feel passionate about and we would love for you to join us in supporting our cause to help parents give their children the best start at life. Health and safety is at the centre of all we do so we are proud to be able to support and fundraise for such a worthy cause.

 

Our goal is to raise over £4000 for the cause. You can donate in 2 ways:

You can support us and follow our progress on Twitter! #TeamStocksigns

 

Metamark

Centaur Roofing

NE Plastics

Windmill Tapes

Famous Publicity

 

 

 

 

Photoluminescent fire sign

Glow with the flow

How do photoluminescent signs work?

Photoluminescent fire sign

Photoluminescence occurs when a material absorbs photons (light energy) and then emits them back when the light source is removed i.e. in the dark, creating a noticeable lighting effect. Photoluminescent safety signs are designed to absorb photons from ambient light and then re-emit them in darkened conditions.

With a internal lifespan of up to 25 years they can also save money by not using electricity. Being maintenance free there is no need for costly regular testing regimes associated with ensuring the correct functionality of electrical signs. We have extended the use of photoluminescent material beyond fire safety signs with many other health and safety signs including hazard signs, prohibition signs, chemical safety signs, first aid signs and custom signage requirements. We have also created floor signs and tapes to aid your wayfinding during emergency evacuations.

 

 

 

Cost savings with photoluminescent signage

In addition to their cost effectiveness, eco-friendly safety signs are also more reliable than traditional exit signs due to increased visibility due to their natural ability to glow in the dark. Free from light bulbs they are the optimal signage solution in the event of emergency situations that result from structural shock falling debris. Using eco-friendly photoluminescence signs alongside your electrical fire exit signs  is a cost effective way to help a companies’ journey to ‘go green’.

 

Reduce your carbon footprint

Fire exit

Going green and being environmentally friendly is a hot topic for businesses. As well as being cost effective and functional there are additional environmental benefits of using photoluminescent signs.Many companies are committed to recycling and purchasing non-toxic supplies, but still work in buildings whose materials, electrical systems and waste systems have been in place long before being “eco” became the business buzz word of the moment and before the economic benefits of being green were truly understood. Different companies will have different factors to consider when improving their green credentials. For example, a solicitors firm will have different concerns than a construction site. Electrical fire safety signs are environmentally unfriendly due to their never-ending demand for electricity. Being lit 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they also contribute to driving up companies’ fuel costs. Therefore by using photoluminescent signs brings both an economical and an environmental benefit. Often recognised as best practice in the UK, photoluminescent sign systems have also been adopted throughout the EU and USA.

 

How to use your photoluminescent signs

For your signs to be effective they will require initial activation from a good light source – this can be natural or artificial. Check out our video below to get the most out of your signs: