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Over £5,700 Raised! Dingle Dash Completed

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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
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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.

Constructionline Gold Certificate Stocksigns Ltd
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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.

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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

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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”.

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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, have a look at the advice from NHS here

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 http://www.firstcallsigns.co.uk/festival-and-event-signs 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.

How to get your car park signage right first time

Whether you manage a pay & display car park, a customer, employee or visitor car park there are a number of areas you have to consider. Using our experience of working with customers we’ve pulled together some handy tips so you get it right first timeOffer_Teaser_Car_Park

1) Directions
You need to consider wayfinding in your car park under all elements including rain and darkness. Often directions on the ground can easily be missed under these circumstances as drivers have so much to concentrate on. Therefore it is important to include directional and informative signage at the height for drivers to easily see where they need to be going.

2) Disabled / parent and child bays
It is likely that you will have disabled parking and potentially parent and child parking, it is important to ensure these are clearly marked. It will help to reduce the number of drivers utilising these spaces.

3) Speed Limits

Car parks are dangerous places with pedestrians and drivers all in the same place, meaning they need to be managed appropriately. It is important to encourage drivers to drive at a safe speed, our speed limit signs are a cheaper alternative to road signs, as your car park signage doesn’t need to comply with highway specifications.

4) Advertising
Signs do not have to be just about information and penalties, they are also a great opportunity to advertise your brand. Simply including your logo on wayfinding signage is essentially free advertising. Stocksigns can adapt any of our standard signs to suit your requirements.

5) Security
In 2014 over 69,000 cars were stolen in the UK, and is a constant concern for many drivers. Even if you are not liable for the loss or damage of vehicles in your car park, you want users of your car park to feel that their vehicle is secure. Whether you have CCTV or not, CCTV and security signage can go a long way to put car park users at ease and deter criminals.

6) Car Park Information
It is a legal requirement to display your opening times and charges, our team of experts can advise on these bespoke signs.While not legally required it’s important to ensure that your car park’s entrance is easily identifiable so you don’t miss out on revenue.

Hopefully our 6 points will help you to audit or plan your car park, if you do have any questions about your signage requirements call our team of
experts on 01737 774 072.

To help you keep your car park safe we’re offering 20% off the list price of all standard traffic signs until 22nd July 2016. to take advantage of this special offer quote BLOG625

Lauren Sutton,
Sales Assistant Manager

Terms & conditions: Use code BLOG625 at the online checkout or over the phone. Discounts only available on list price standard items within out traffic and car parks range until 22nd July 2016. not valid in conjunction with any other offer and only valid once.

Quarry Signage – A vital part of your Safety Mix

Safety organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about those who risk their lives by trespassing in both active and disused quarries. In 2014 alone, there were six fatalities involving members of the public at former quarry sites, all of which were water related.

After these incidents, all toquarry, signage, health & safetyo often, their friends and family believe that the victims were not made aware of the risks they were exposing themselves to, and that they thought they were engaged in a harmless bit of fun.

Therefore, it is vital to have large, clear signage in order to not only to deter trespassers, but to also warn of hazardous areas and materials. To deter trespasses and limit liability, signs must be compliant with the latest regulations. They must be visible, clean, clear and concise to be effective.

Stocksigns provides a combination of friendly knowledgeable staff, durable, clear signage and fast delivery to help you keep your site safe and complaint.

 

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We can help you to highlight the dangers present in quarries that may not be evident to visitors, especially those who are on your premises without permission or when the site may be closed. This can include:

  • Deep lakes, very cold and with hidden currents – even the strongest swimmers have drowned due to the impact that extreme cold has had on their bodies.
  • Stockpiles of sand have been known to collapse and suffocate people whilst tunnelling or digging holes.
  • Quarry faces have loose rocks and boulders.
  • Machinery and other obstacles can seriously injure people riding mountain or trial bikes.

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We can offer a range of different signage solutions to suit your needs such as:

• Banners
• Post fix signs
• Free standing shield signs

Danger quarry sign, post fix

 

Keep your site safe, call us today on 01737 774072 or send an email enquiry to our experienced sales team.

Winter is coming, be sign ready

The winter weather in the UK is often variable and unpredictable, so it pays to be prepared in order to ensure the safety of your site or premises.Cold weather and icy conditions can make conditions on construction sites, car parks and open spaces hazardous.

The Department for Transport reported that in Great Britain in 2014, snow or ice was present on the road when 29 people lost their lives, 251 suffered serious injuries and 2,274 had minor injuries.

These figures highlight the importance of having the correct signage to help prevent the risks of accident and injury to employees and visitors. Below are some useful winter sign suggestions:

 

Traffic & Car Park signage

Winter car parks

Winter driving conditions can be hazardous for motorists. Ensure road closures and driving instructions are clear with these road signs.

All of our traffic signs conform to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 No. 3113 design layouts. If you require CE certified signs for use on a public highway please call email our sales team for a quote on 01737 774077.

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Hazard SignageThin ice & rocks

Keep your building and work environment safe by warning of hazards caused by the weather. Thin ice and slippery surfaces need to be clearly marked to help prevent slips and falls.

Use Danger signs for a high level of risk, Warning signs for a medium level of risk and Caution signs for a low level of risk.

 

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Slippery Floor Signs 

Cold and wet weather can leave floors slippery and dangerous. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common accidents in any workplace so ensure you clearly mark the dangerous Frame collageareas with the following free standing frames:

  • Economy A boards – A polypropylene fluted lightweight display board. Double sided and easy to assemble. Can be folded flat and easy to clean. Size: 290mm x 590mm
  • Shield Durable Free-Standing signs – highly visible with a large printed display area. Highly stable – ideal for retails and consumer environments. Panel size: 450mm x 700mm
  • Light Weight Double-sided Free-Standing Signs – Aluminium rod frame. Folds flat for easy storage. Fits KM (300mm x 400mm) signs rigid plastic sign (not suitable for external use

You can discuss a variety of frame options with a member of our sales team. Call us on 01737 774072 or email us by clicking the button below:

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Not what you’re looking for? Did you know that we can customise any sign you like. We can include your logo or warn of a specific danger. Check out our custom made signs page for more information.

As winter is coming…stock up on your ice and cold weather warning signs to get you through. Don’t forget that we can provide all the health and safety signage you will need in order to remain compliant, check out our shop here.

Fire Assembly Point

Ensure overall employee safety with your Fire Evacuation Plan

As an employer, you are under an obligation to plan for emergencies in order to comply with industry legislation. This should always include giving training to staff and providing information on fire evacuation and escape plans.

Your evacuation and escape plans must provide clear instructions on the location of all fire escape routes, safety instructions, evacuation equipment and extinguishers in order to keep your employees informed in any emergency.

Your strategy should be clearly displayed in prominent positions around the workplace and also in public areas and compliment your existing evacuation strategy. Additionally, your fire evacuation plan will address the specific needs of your property and its occupants.

Stocksigns can ensure your strategy is bought to life by using the highest quality digital print methods on to a range of materials, including acrylic, rigid plastic and foamex. All we require are the plans you need printing to bring your design to life. Additionally, think about how you would display your plans as we also provide a variety of snap frames.

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As well as a Fire Evacuation Plan you are legally required to clearly sign your primary escape route. Understanding what fire signage you require can be a confusing task. Read our blog which gives straight forward advice about which signs to use to ensure you are compliant with current BS EN 150 7010 legislation.

 

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To discuss your Fire Evacuation Plan with our experienced sales team contact us on 01737 774072 or send us an email.

 

Braille is easy once you get a feel for it

At Stocksigns we supply Braille signs to make buildings safe for all visually impaired people. This range includes fire safety, prohibition and information signage, all of which are available in photoluminescent.

As part of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), service providers must ensure that access is available to all disabled people and that entry routes, facilities and all information are clearly defined and indicated by suitable signage.

Braille fire alarm

Our signs use an innovative and visually superior tactile signage system. It is capable of conveying fast, effective information to alert the visually impaired. Our signage uses:

  • Wide space, raised supplementary text
  • Highly durable and accurate grade 1 braille
  • Braille locator
  • Low gloss surface with a high contrast colour range
  • All safety symbols conform to BS EN ISO 7010

To discuss your braille requirements call a member of our experienced sales team now on 01737 774072. Alternatively you can send us an email:

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Braille floor signs

 

Vinyl wrapped buildings and walls

Sometimes a new or temporary building can look our of place in its surroundings, whether it is a bright colour, looks unappealing or just does not simply fit in with the environment.

An effective solution to this aesthetic problem is to camouflage your building in a vinyl wrap of your chosen design to make it fit in more with the environment. For example, a prefab building in the middle of a grassy retreat surrounded by woods, may look messy against the environment. However, with a bit of design and installation this building can be transformed into a log cabin.

For example, on a recent holiday, our sales and marketing director came across this building, which on closer inspection was found to be vinyl wrapped. The design tricks the eye and allows the building to become part of the environment.

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It doesn’t just have to be this design either, the beauty of a vinyl wrap is that you can choose any design that you want for your build, as long as it’s repetitive so that the section can join seamlessly. Just think about how wallpaper goes together and take it from there.

Stocksigns can help you design and manufacture vinyl wrap for your building or even for walls within your building in order to provide some inspiration throughout the day. Contact us today for more information on your needs at sales@stocksigns.co.uk or on 01737 77 40 72.