CLP Legislation next phase of implementation

The new CLP Legislation is the EU’s adoption of the latest chemical classification system devised by the United Nations.The new European Regulation on Classification, Labeling and packaging of Substances and Mixtures (EC1272/2008), known as CLP Regulation, came into force in January 2009. The first stage of the transition processes covered substances which meant the relabelling of all individual substances by 1st December 2010. The 2nd stage is the inclusion of mixtures which are to be relabelled by 1st June 2015. (However some stocks of products already in the supply chain may be onward supplied without needing to be relabelled for a further 2 years after the deadline)


Why Has the new CLP Legislation been introduced?

Increased international movement of goods has led to a greater focus on the need for standardised labelling. Anomalies existed where, a chemical may have been labelled as toxic in one country but not so in another. In extreme cases some countries didn’t have any labeling classification system at all.

To standardise chemical labeling the United Nations created the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). This worldwide system has been design to protect people and the environment but also to promote international trade.

Individual countries or trading blocks give the GHS legal status. The EU has used the GHS to create CLP, the classification, Labelling and packaging of substances. THis replaces the CHIP Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply)- Regulation. The old orange square CHIP hazard symbols are being replaced  with new pictograms of a red diamond with a white background. These are already being used for single substances and companies have until the 1st June 2015 to comply to the new rules and the labelling of mixtures.

The Nine CLP Pictograms

For the transportation of hazardous goods by road, rail air and sea there are separate legal requirements. For example road transportation through Europe is covered  by ADR, these and the other transport classification systems RID, IMDG, IATA and ICAO have yet to have been adopted into the Globally Harmonised System, so it still may be necessary to use both systems in tandem. It is also unclear at this stage whether ‘Storage Area Marking’ is covered by CLP or still covered by the existing CHIP regulations. We will keep you updated as more details become announced.

Fire Exit Signs Meanings Tutorial

To accompany our post about understanding fire exit signs we have put together this short tutorial on fire exit signs their meanings and where to position them.

For larger projects or new builds you may wish to organise a site survey. If you would like further advice please call our Sales Team on 01737 774072 or send us an email.

Don’t get caught out with the #1 mistake made with the Positioning of Fire Exit Signs

One of the most common mistakes we see with the positioning of fire exit signs is the sign above a doorway. The sign that should be used in most instances should be the arrow up, indicating progress forward from here (indicating direction of travel), and in the case of above a door means, progress forward and through from here.

However we commonly see the incorrect fire exit sign with down arrow. While this wrong sign is unlikely to cause too much confusion as to which way someone should go it is technically incorrect. The down arrow fire exit sign means progress down from here, and technically would only be positioned above a door if there was a change of level downwards immediately after the door way.

We do however appreciate that it can be quite confusing, find out more about where to position your fire exit signs here or call us for more advice on 01737 77 40 72

Where to Position Fire Exit Signs

Fire Exit Signs form one of the most important parts of your emergency escape plan, they are used to correctly mark the most efficient escape routes. Careful positioning of the relevant fire exit signs, will assist evacuation in times of emergency. Every building will have it’s own unique layout and seeking advice from experts is always advantages when planning your escape routes. However there are certain common building layouts, that occur time and again and knowing which fire exit signs to place where can save lives.

In this post we cover some of the most common examples

Fire Exit Signs On Stairs

Option 1: progress down to the right as viewed from in front of the sign. Sign sited on wall of half landing.

Option 2: progress down from here as viewed from in front of the sign. Sign can be suspended from the ceiling or could be mounted on the wall above the stair head.

Fire Exit Signs in Corridors and Building final Exits

Option 1: progress forward and through from here as viewed from in front of the sign positioned above door.

Option 2: progress to the left/right from here. Suspended at change of direction.

Option 3: progress forward and through from here as viewed from in front of the sign. Positioned above the door. Note: Outside the final exit (labelled 3) if the door can be obstructed a ‘Fire Exit Keep Clear‘ sign is needed on the outside of the door. This could be enhanced with the use of bollards or yellow hatching. If the door is the last door before exiting the building you may have a sign that reads ‘fire exit’ without the need for an arrow.

Fire Exit Signs Above doors

Option 1: progress forward and through from here as viewed from in front of the sign. Positioned above the door.

A common mistake here is to have a fire exit sign with the arrow pointing down, which means progress down from here, and technically would only be positioned above a door if there was a change of level downwards immediately after the door way.

Option 2: progress down to the left from here as viewed from in front of the sign. Positioned on the landing.

If you are still unsure of of where to position your fire exit signs please give us a call on 01737 77 40 72 to speak to one of our advisors or to arrange a site survey.

Privacy Screens

Privacy screens are particularly useful in changing areas, medical rooms and on security or dividing screens. Even when privacy isn’t an issue, they can provide decorative features, which can enhance a building’s overall interior design.

If you have glass partitioned meeting rooms or private offices within a large mostly open plan office area then carefully placed manifestation films on the glass can help create private areas. They can be used to create ‘work zones’, departments or even break-out and meeting areas.

Hospitals and medical facilities with corridors, used for patient transfer, can benefit  from frosted half panels. Manifestations, including frosted and printed vinyls can be used on any glazed panel and can be created to maintain maximum light levels while protecting privacy.

Company logos are often included for branding but advertising material can be included by creating semi

transparent designs. Striking designs can be created by leaving areas uncovered. These designs can also be functional as seen in the cloakroom example (bottom left). For simple glass highlighted glass privacy films, the vinyls used come in a range of transparencies and decorative finishes.

For more information contact us

Electronic Cigarettes Signs New From Stocksigns

Stocksigns has introduced a new range of electronic cigarettes signs. While the debate rages on about whether electronic cigarettes will save lives or lead to non-smokers becoming potential smokers, one thing is for sure they are here to stay (for the time being anyway, although The World Health Organisation, is campaigning to have the use of electronic cigarettes outlawed in public places).

Current no smoking legislation does not cover electronic cigarettes and it is at present up to individual companies to decide on their own policies. During this transition period, and while legislation catches up, we are now offering a range of electronic cigarettes signs. Four new electronic cigarettes signs have been created allowing different combinations of regular no smoking and electronic cigarette permissions. These signs are now available from our web shop, or you can call our Sales Team on 01737 77 40 72 for more details.

Glass Manifestation and Building regulations 2000: Part M

It is a health and safety requirement to apply manifestations to glass doors, glass partitions and screens. If you have full height glass in windows, doors or building partitions, they must be marked correctly with glass manifestation to make sure the solid glass is evident.

What are glass manifestation?

Glass manifestation is designed to help make glass obvious and reduce injuries by preventing people from walking into the glass. Manifestations are usually two rows of 50mm or 75mm white or frosted dots on the glass at heights of 1500mm and 800mm from the floor.

As long as the sizes and height positions of the manifestations are inline with these guidelines any shapes including company logos will satisfy this health and safety requirement. Large panels in etched or printed film with cut out clear spaces can also satisfy these regulations. Which gives a rare opportunity to apply creativity when adhering to your health and safety obligations.


What do the regulations say?

The building Regulations 2000: Part M give guidelines on how glass entrances and screens can satisfy these regulations.


2.24 Glass entrance doors and glazed screens will satisfy Requirement M1 or M2 if: 

a. they are clearly defined with manifestation on the glass at two levels, 850 to1000mm and 1400 to 1600mm above the floor, contrasting visually with thebackground seen through the glass (both from inside and outside) in all lighting conditions;

 b. manifestation takes the form of a logo or sign at least 150mm high (repeated if on a glazed screen), or a decorative feature such as broken lines or continuous bands, at least 50mm high;


any glazed screens alongside a corridor are clearly defined with manifestation the glass at two levels, 850 to 1000mm and 1400 to 1600mm, contrasting visually with the background seen through the glass in all lighting conditions (see 2.24(b) for details of manifestation).

Further considerations for the visually impaired should be included

2.22 People with visual impairment should be in no doubt as to the location of glass entrance doors, especially when they are within a glazed screen. The choice of a different style of manifestation for the door and the glazed screen can help to differentiate between them.

Further guidelines are covered by Regulation 14 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The Regulation requires that every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall, partition, door or gate should, where necessary for reasons of health or safety, be of a safety material or be protected against breakage of the transparent or translucent material; and be appropriately marked or incorporate features to make it apparent.

Regulation 14 also says that glazing in critical locations must be marked, or incorporate appropriate design features, to make its presence apparent – the objective being to avoid breaking the noses of people who might otherwise walk into the glazing, not realising it was there.

The Regulation only expects action ‘where necessary for reasons of health or safety’. So you need to assess every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall, partition, or door or gate to establish whether there is a risk of anyone being hurt if people or objects come into contact with it, or if it breaks.

Stocksigns offers a large range of hazard warning signs to help you fulfil your health and safety obligations.

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Toilet Signs – a guide to washroom facilities signs

Toilet signs and signage for conveniences are amongst the most frequently requested products and because our signs fall into many different styles and ranges we have bought together all of our toilet and bathroom signs into a new compact guide.

Signs need to complement your premises, whatever the style and with prices to match your budget. Whether you are looking for designs to enhance your interior decoration or looking for practical utility signs to help manage your facilities efficiently, choose signs that do the job.

You may need to communicate with a wide range of audiences, choose symbol only signs or signs translated into different languages. Do you have to consider audiences with special needs? signs can be made to help you comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), signs using Braille or 3D pictorial signs for those with memory loss or learning difficulties.

Can’t find the signs you need? get custom-made signage that fulfil your requirements. A reputable sign company will work with customers to create workable designs that help form part of the interior’s design. Take into account, the overall feel of your premises, building use, trafic flow and viewing angles to develop signage designs that are stylish and functional without exceeding budget.

To get a copy of our guide please send an email to

What makes a Wayfinding Project Work?

What makes a Wayfinding Project Work?

The key to making signage work is to involve your manufacturer from a very early phase in the planning process.

Stocksigns work with architects and principle contractors from the early design stages to try and avoid costly mistakes later on. As members of the HSSA, Stocksigns regularly carry out signage projects in both large and complex premises.

Including signage at the beginning of a project enables you to create a signage scheme that works hard for the investment. It enables development of signage that fulfils a number of functions; brand building, information, continuity, safety and way-finding all while displaying a sympathetic design to complement a premises’ overall ambience.

In today’s multilingual society, accurate, clear and engaging signage is even more important. Good clear signage should be instantly recognised, regardless of nationality, age or ability. Audiences should always be carefully considered and included in your brief with your signage contractor. Special thought should be given for DDA requirements; should Braille or products designed for Dementia patients be included?

Equally, if a building is littered with signs this can often be counter intuitive. Poorly conceived wayfinding actually hinders and confuses, while on an aesthetic level it’s important to complement the architecture.

Watch our video on wayfinding design tips

In order to find their way, people need to be able to see your wayfinding signage. Where are your signs to be viewed from? Make signs easy to see and easier still to read. Situate them at people’s eye line or in places they just can’t miss. Greater distances will need larger text sizes, but your choice of font and colours will also make a difference to viewing distances. Go for clear fonts with high contrasting colours for clarity. When planning your way-finding scheme it is best to physically walk the route, obstructions such as trees and other signage are often not marked on flat plans.

For more information please call our sales team 01737 77 40 72 or email on

Door signs and Nameplates a simple guide

Door signs and nameplates are often overlooked in a new build or company revamp, often considered a small detail that is left to the last minute to sort out. This post is a reminder of how careful planning early on in the project can help you avoid costly mistakes.

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Internal office door signs can be customised with your logo or company fonts. They create a unified design throughout the whole building and help reinforce your company or brand values. Stocksigns can offer you a huge variety of internal door signs in signage materials including engraved wooden or metal signs such as brass, plastics, glass and layered effects, many have matching interior panels, signposts and external signs. contact us to discuss your ideas, and how we can guide you towards the best solution for your building. There are so many off the shelf and custom made door signs designs to choose from by asking yourself some simple questions at the start you can make sure you choose the right scheme for you.

Here are some factors to think about when choosing your customised internal door signs:

  • Corporate Values – What sort of image do you want to project?
  • Uniformity – Do you want the same look throughout your building?
  • Environment – Do your signs need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear?
  • Flexibility – Do you need to change the names on yours doors frequently?
  • Cost – Stocksigns can help you find the signs to fit your budget and show you how to mix and match with stock signs.
  • Accessibility – Do you want to consider any special needs of your customers or staff?

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Come and visit us at the Safety & Health Expo 2014

The annual UBM Safety & Health Expo has moved to Excel, London this year and will be held on 17th – 19th June. Why not pop along and visit us on Stand O2101and hear the latest legislation and product news for safety signage.

More reasons to visit the Safety & Health Expo 2014?

  • Discover and trial the latest innovations,
  • products and services from over 250 market leading companies
  • Receive trusted education content and critical advice on legislation
  • Learn how to reduce your fleet risk with our Business Driver Safety Zone
  • Witness exciting practical demonstrations from top suppliers and associations
  • Network with your industry colleagues and make valuable supply contacts
  • Share ideas, opinions and ensure best practice
  • Accumulate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points
  • Meet with all the major industry bodies including IOSH, RoSPA and the BSIF

Visit FIVE additional shows related to your risk and compliance needs with just one badge, including Facilities Show, Energy & Environment Expo, Firex International, Service Management Expo and IFSEC International.

What No Smoking signs do I need to comply with Legislation?

It’s been a little while now since the introduction of the UK Smoking Legislation so here is a little reminder of the signage you are required to display in order to comply.

The 1st July 2007 saw the implementation of a total smoking ban in al enclosed public places, work places and certain vehicles in the UK. THe smoke free legislation means that it is an offence not to display the appropriate No Smoking signs, resulting in fines up to £1000. It will also be an ofence for managers of smoke free premises to permit others to smoke with the premises, carrying a fine of up to £2500.

For England, the smoke-free regulations 2007 require premises covered by the legislation display a sign which is at least A5 in size, which displays the no smoking symbol and contains text that can be easily read by people entering the building. The text should read (In England and Northern Ireland) “No Smoking, These are no smoking premises. It is against the law to smoke in these premises.”

In Scotland the text is slightly different, “No Smoking, These are no smoking premises. It is an offence to smoke or knowingly to permit smoking on these premises.”

“These premises” maybe replaced by a more specific word such as “hotel”. Any vehicle which is covered by the regulations must display a no smoking symbol in each compartment of the vehicle that may carry persons.

If you are looking for signs to help prevent people from smoking on your premises, please visit our “no smoking signs” section.