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 time 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 Read More

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Stocksigns 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 too 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 Read More

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Fire Signs made easy

Choosing your fire signage can be a daunting task. What exactly do you need? Where do you have to install them?  Will you be complaint with BS EN ISO 7010 and BS 5499? What happens if you get it wrong? A Prohibition notice from the fire inspector isn’t the worst case scenario. In the UK between 2010 and 2014 there were 97,500 fires in commercial premises, with 1,881 fatalities over the same period. Having clear fire escape plans, with clearly Read More

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The Stocksigns 2016 catalogue is now available

Every year Stocksigns aims to bring you the latest in standard health & Safety, temporary and custom signage in our annual catalogue. The 2016 edition of the sign catalogue is no different and throughout the year we’ve been working towards bringing you all of the signs you could possibly need to make your building safe and compliant. Whether you need fire safety, hazard, prohibition or mandatory signage, or require a custom branded signage for your business, the Stocksigns 2016 catalogue Read More

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Get 10% off winter safety signage this December

Although it’s currently fairly mild, winter in the UK throws up some very surprising weather, so it pays to be prepared in order to ensure the safety of your site or premises. With this in mind, Stocksigns is offering 10% off all winter safety signage throughout December. Cold weather and icy conditions can make conditions on construction sites, car parks and open spaces hazardous and the correct signage can help reduce the risks of accident and injury to employees and Read More

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Ensure overall employee safety with your Fire Evacuation Plan

As an employer, you are under 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 Read More

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Special offer on Braille signage this October

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. At Stocksigns we only supply Braille signs that we manufacture ourselves in order 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. All Braille signage from Stocksigns is Read More

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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 Read More

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Takeaways on the rise – more to be done on allergen food labelling

In the week that new statistics showed that Londoners are eating more takeaways than ever before, allergy sufferers are urging restaurants and takeaway outlets to do more to show if any allergens are present in their food. Top chefs have signed up to a new app which shows allergy sufferers where they can eat safely, thought up when the creator’s husband suffered a severe allergic reaction in a Greek restaurant to sesame seeds. The app, Kafoodle Kitchen, information shares between Read More

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What information do I need to give when ordering my sign?

This is a frequent question we get asked when customers are looking into their signage needs, which is why we have put together an infographic showing all of the considerations to take into account when placing your order. Simply click on the image to enlarge: If you would like to place an order or require any further information, contact the team on01737 77 40 72 or at sales@stocksigns.co.uk.

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Two-thirds of UK takeaways breaking the law on food allergen labelling

More than 66% of UK takeaways are breaking the law by failing to label any potential allergens that the food they serve contains. An investigation by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that these restaurants neglected to provide the legally-required food allergy information in the 14 major allergens in their food, with fried chicken, pizza, Chinese and fish and chip shops being the worst offenders. Legislation, which came into effect at the end of 2014, states that all Read More

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The evolution of the Health & Safety poster over 80 years

Visitors to the RoSPA stand at the Safety & Health Expo this week would have been able to preview a collection of British safety posters in a new publication being released next month. Safety First, by Dr Paul Rennie from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, features vintage RoSPA posters from between the 1930s and 1970s aiming to provide awareness about occupational, road, leisure and home safety. Scores of this vintage artwork was discovered when a warehouse was Read More

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E-cigarette signage in focus after debate intensifies

Over the past few days, the debate around e-cigarettes has intensified with Southern Rail introducing a network wide ban from 26th July and Wales proposing a ban in all public places. The Public Health Bill proposed by the Welsh government will make it illegal to use electronic cigarettes in the workplace, pubs, clubs and any other public enclosed areas in order to dissuade users in the same way as the ban on tobacco. Malta, Belgium and Spain all have similar Read More

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Summer Holiday School Sign Audit

School Summer Safety Signage Audit The fast approaching school summer break may bring a sigh of relief to students and some teachers as they disappear off onto their holidays, but for some it is 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. Its an ideal time while the building is quiet to carry out a school safety sign audit. The building, grounds and car Read More

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Food Information Regulations Allergen Labelling

With effect from 13th December 2014, The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in conjunction with DEFRA  introduced new allergen labelling laws, these are the Food Information Regulations EU1169/2011 (FIR Regs). These regulations affect all food service organisations, no matter what their size. The new food law states that all food service providers serving unpackaged  food or even food that is packaged on site for immediate consumption ( e.g. sandwiches) will have to provide details of any menu items that contain any Read More

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How do I know how many signs my building needs?

How do I know how many signs my building needs? ‘How do I know how many signs my building needs?’This is something we are often asked by customers who are keen to make sure their buildings are compliant to the latest health and safety legislation. There is no quick answer. The number of signs required by a business is dependent on certain factors, the size of the building, the use of the building and the type of occupants or visitors. Read More

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The Top 10 Safety Signs

The Top 10 safety Signs Every non domestic premise in the UK is governed by safety legislation and as such will have a need for safety signs. Safety signage is a cost effective and efficient way to warn and educate people to the particular risks associated with a building. While there are some signs, such as fire signs, which will be common to all buildings, there are many others which will only be relevant in certain situations. The way to Read More

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New 2015 safety signs catalogue and signage guide out now

2015 Safety Signs Catalogue We are delighted to to announce that our new 2015 safety signs catalogue and signage guide is out now. We offer you the most comprehensive range of safety signs in the UK, complying with the latest applicable legislation. Our catalogue is considered the benchmark in off the shelf signs. Packed with legislation advice and tips on how to make your signs work hard for you.   This year we have further extended our special supplement range with even more of your Read More

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Safety Sign Audit – A safe way to start the year and burn some Christmas Calories too

Well the New Year is here, and it’s time to burn off that extra mince pie, so what better way to do that than by giving your premises a safety once over this week. So here is a timely reminder of why you should give your facilities a safety sign MOT. Time for a safety signs MOT? As the New Year comes upon us our thoughts often turn to personal improvements we intend to make over the coming year, but Read More

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CLP Legislation next phase of implementation

CLP Legislation and what it means to you? 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 Read More

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Fire Exit Signs Meanings Tutorial

To follow on from our recent posts about 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 77 40 72. See our recent article about Fire exit signs and positioning.

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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Privacy Screens

Privacy Screens & Manifestations. 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 Read More

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Electronic Cigarettes Signs New From Stocksigns

  New Electronic Cigarettes Signs. 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 Read More

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Glass Manifestation and Building regulations 2000: Part M

Glass Manifestation and glass highlighting 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. 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 Read More

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Toilet Signs – a guide to washroom facilities signs

Toilet Signs & Signs for Facilities 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 Read More

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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 Read More

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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. 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 Read More

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Play it safe as you enjoy the warm-water season – The Olympian

See on Scoop.it – Safety Signs Play it safe as you enjoy the warm-water seasonThe OlympianSwimming is good for you and your health, but any body of water can turn from fun to deadly if you or someone you’re with can’t swim well. Stocksigns Group‘s insight: For more in on water safety this summer http://blog.stocksigns.co.uk/water-safety-signs/ See on www.theolympian.com

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Come and visit us at the Safety & Health Expo 2014

Come and see us at the Safety & Health Expo 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 Read More

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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 Read More

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Tweet from @DerbyshireFRS

See on Scoop.it – Safety Signs RT @DerbyshireFRS: Take extra care on or around water. Know the National Water Safety Signs. #summersafety http://t.co/NOWYFnI15B Stocksigns Group‘s insight: Stocksigns water safety sign information circulated by Derbyshire FRS See on twitter.com

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Airport Wayfinding Signs at Gatwick

Being a major supplyer to London Gatwick Airport we have a huge range of different types of airport wayfinding signs that we manufacturer and install. If you want to find our more about airport wayfinding signs please contact David on dharbison@stocksigns.co.uk. This slide show shows just a few examples of our airport wayfinding signs we have recently created. Created with flickr slideshow.

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Tweet from @MarkGraban

RT @MarkGraban: I’m not big on slogans, but I never see factory signs like this hanging in a hospital. #Safety first. http://t.co/jYl7aNcKX7 See on twitter.com

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Fire Action Notices Conveying Evacuation Procedures Effectively

Fire action notices can contain several texts which are in common use but may not be appropriate for all circumstances but there are certain messages that should be included. There are four significant areas that need to be addressed. 1.       Raising the Alarm. This should advise of the most appropriate method of action whether this be by operating the nearest fire alarm call point, calling 999, verbally or by any other alarm procedure used in there evacuation procedure. Read More

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Way-finding Signs Help Create a Positive and Hassle-free …

Great to see signage used toSt. Augustine sandblasted signs As a Jacksonville business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your visitors have a satisfying and hassle-free experience when they come to you. Way-finding signage can certainly … Stocksigns Group‘s insight: Great to see signage used to enhance customer experience See on www.firstcoastsigns.com

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Safety Signs in the workplace

See on Scoop.it – Construction Safety General Safety SignsSafety is a hot topic in most businesses regardless of industry sector. Safety signs or warning signs are helpful in indicating various hazards ahead. These signs also help in reducing accidents at a given workplace. See on blog.stocksigns.co.uk

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Funny Signs: Today is Under Construction

See on Scoop.it – Construction Safety Funny Construction Signs, , funny construction sign hacks have become commonplace on the roadways of America, because apparently hacking a road construction … Stocksigns Group‘s insight: enough said! #funnysigns See on www.youtube.com

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Top tips to stay safe on site

See on Scoop.it – Construction Safety ‘eternal vigilance’ is key to ensuring the safety and security of persons on a construction site, writes Mikhail Turnkov (Top tips to stay safe on site @ConstructionD #safety #construction http://t.co/nscs0pcCor)… See on www.constructiondigital.com

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BS EN ISO7010 – Official Advice from the HSSA

BS EN ISO 7010 One of the major legislative changes affecting the workplace in recent times is the adoption of BS EN ISO7010. While it isn’t yet a requirement to change all your existing safety signs to the new ISO 7010 versions, the advice is not to mix signage from different legislative standards. Best practice recommends, if changes or additions are needed, update your signs to the most recent standard. However it is always good to include safety signs in your general safety Read More

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Road Construction Safety | Electronic Products

See on Scoop.it – Construction Safety Cones and other warning signs. As these are the first line of defense, be sure to have sufficient signage and have it placed well ahead of the construction zone to ensure motorists have ample time to reduce travel speed. See on www.electrons.us

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New Health and Safety Law Poster Deadline Coming

New Health and Safety Law Poster April 5th Deadline is fast approaching. The HSE is reminding UK businesses that the new version of the health and safety law poster must be displayed from 5 April this year. Under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations, all employers have a legal duty to display the approved poster in a prominent position in the workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet, outlining British Health and Read More

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No Smoking Day 12th March

No smoking day is one of the UK’s biggest annual health awareness campaigns. Every year over a million smokers will use No Smoking Day to try to quit. The campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation, and helps smokers who want to quit by creating a supportive environment, and by highlighting the many sources of help and advice available. No Smoking Day has been running since Ash Wednesday in 1983, when it was called Quit for the day. The Read More

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Office workers: steps to keep you safe by RoSPA

Here in the UK, nearly one in three employees work in an office of some description – around 10 million of us in total. However, far too many people are still being injured or suffering accidents in the office. With this in mind. RoSPA has produced a short guide to provide you, and your boss, with some suggestions to make your office safer right now…   1. Don’t be a slouch! According to the NHS, back pain is responsible for Read More

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Temporary sign warns of danger – The Nelson Mail

See on Scoop.it – Safety Signs The Nelson MailTemporary sign warns of dangerThe Nelson MailTemporary signage has been erected at Maruia Falls, warning people not to go beyond the safety barriers after a drowning and a near-fatality during the past week. Stocksigns Group‘s insight: Water safety remains a big issue particularly in the UK during this recent period of stormy weather See on www.stuff.co.nz

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Safety Signs in the workplace

General Safety Signs Safety is a hot topic in most businesses regardless of industry sector. Safety signs or warning signs are helpful in indicating various hazards ahead. These signs also help in reducing accidents at a given workplace. These safety signs may consists of words with safety messages, pictorial warning symbols that consists various sizes, shapes, and colours. Each colour is standardized and reflects a meaning (see our post of safety signs colours and meanings). On the other hand, there Read More

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Do You know a Safety Angel?

Do you know a Guardian Angel?- A Guest Blog from RoSPA (The Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents) When you think about the people who work to keep us safe in the workplace, perhaps the archetypal hero springs to mind; the person who leaps into action when things go wrong, throwing themselves into the path of danger to protect others. However, here at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, we think that it’s the people who act Read More

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New Year Time for Safety Signs MOT?

Time for a safety signs MOT? As the New Year comes upon us our thoughts often turn to personal improvements we intend to make over the coming year, but one much over looked resolution is the implementation of a regular safety sign audit. Julian Rowlandson, Director at Stocksigns explains: “If you own a car it is most probable that you obtain and MOT and carry out a routine service to keep your vehicle fully functional and compliant. But few companies, Read More

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RIDDOR reporting: are you ready for the change? Guest Post From RoSPA

RIDDOR reporting: are you ready for the change? As a result of the Government’s health safety reform programme, RIDDOR has been streamlined and amended. For those of you still struggling to get to grips with the changes, this guide provides a brief summary. RIDDOR Explained The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations place a legal duty on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible Person) to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases Read More

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Bricklayer’s death showed safety flaws on Lincolnshire construction site – This is Lincolnshire

See on Scoop.it – Construction Safety This is Lincolnshire Bricklayer’s death showed safety flaws on Lincolnshire construction site This is Lincolnshire A CONSTRUCTION company and its site manager have each been ordered to pay £77,500 court costs after admitting to health and safety… Stocksigns Group‘s insight:  ‘A sad but cautionary tale’ Sandy Barnes from First Call Signs See on www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk

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Safety at Street Works and Road Works: a code of practice

The Department of Transport has updated its code of practice on work safety at street works and road works sites, with more emphasis on risk assessment, site-specific design and the needs of the pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Street works are, of course, essential for a range of reasons. But unfortunately, they can cause considerable local disruption, increasing congestion and journey times. This increases frustration and can result in drivers and riders taking increased risks and endangering their own Read More

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South Africa building site collapses, one worker dead, 50 trapped – Reuters UK

See on Scoop.it – Construction Safety Sydney Morning Herald South Africa building site collapses, one worker dead, 50 trapped Reuters UK If safety regulations are found to have been breached, the accident could sour already fraught labour relations in South Africa’s construction sector…   Stocksigns Group‘s insight: Tragically Construction sites still provide some of the most hazardous working environments today. Construction Safety has to stay at the top of the industry agenda. See on uk.reuters.com

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Digital Signage – 6 easy ways to boost sales with digital signage

Digital Signage 6 easy ways to boost holiday sales with digital signage Digital Signage Today The holidays are nearly upon us, and the oncoming holiday sales season is crucially important for retailers.   Stocksigns Group‘s insight: Our sister company Messagemaker Display can help you create didgital LED signs with high impact which can drive sales See on www.digitalsignagetoday.com

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Commissioner proposes signage changes to increase area visitation – Rapid City Journal

Commissioner proposes signage changes to increase area visitation Rapid City Journal Aker said he wants the county to work with the cities of Sturgis, Piedmont and Summerset to develop signage along Interstate 90 that will direct drivers to the… Stocksigns Group‘s insight: Signage can be the key to boosting both volume and ease of flow of visitors to a town or attractions See on rapidcityjournal.com

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Sign Design – A 5 Step Plan

Good Sign Design Starts Here Stocksigns has been manufacturing signs for more than fifty years and in that time we have been able to advise our customers on the principles of sign design. Now the range of signage applications, together with the ever growing list of materials and manufacturing techniques available, means there are an infinate number of design factors to take into consideration. Rather than going into design elements in terms of colours and fonts, here are some simple Read More

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School Signs from Stocksigns – new video

School Signs From Stocksigns School signs are one of the niche areas Stocksigns has excelled at in recent years. Working closely with schools, universities and colleges to bring you the very best in school signage. “Signs for Schools” brings together the core school safety signs range, information signs and custom made notice boards and general school signs and signage in an easy guide for schools and colleges. Stocksigns has been working with schools, colleges and universities for many years and Read More

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RIDDOR – new changes published

RIDDOR – The New Published Changes. The new Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 has now come into force. The HSE consulted on proposals for new, simplified regulations, based on recommendations in the Lofstedt report. Here is an overview of the main changes to the regulations, provided by Barbour EHS The main changes to the RIDDOR Regulations are: • A simplified and shortened list of specified reportable injuries (“major injuries”) to workers sustained as a result of Read More

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Slips and Trips in the Workplace

Slips and Trips on the same level. The single most common cause of injury in the workplace is slipping and tripping. The HSE estimate that the annual cost to employers is £750 million and is reported that every 25 minutes in the UK someone breaks or fractures a bone due to slips and trips or falling in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls account for 38% of all the major accidents every year. The HSE website has some great advice Read More

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Twitter – Messagemaker twitLED Moving Message Display

This moving message display from Messagemaker is an exciting and dynamic way to view and share your Twitter feeds. The LED moving message display allows you to display your favourite news service or Twitter feed. It can be used to promote your business, building your brand and helping to keep others connected to your Twitter stream. The twitLED can even be used to display real-time customer endorsements and can evn be controlled remotely from your mobile phone.  What can you Read More

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Hotel or Hospital? A Question for Care Home Signage

Getting Care Home Signage Right For a number of years Stocksigns has been working with the Care industry, developing signage specifically for this sector. One of the features of a care home should be to make residents feel at home rather than institutionalised. Signage must be a balance of functionality and aesthetics. Signs must be designed so residents feel at home, yet give clear information or instruction. A challenge as they need to be created with an understanding of the Read More

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Top 5 Funny Signs for September

Top 5 Funny Signs for September As you can imagine we spend a lot of time looking at signs here at Stocksigns, and we do come across some great ones. As a result we have started to compile a list of the best funny signs we find. Most of which we find from the web, our holidays and a few that our customers have asked us to make. To see more go to our Funny Signs Pinterest Board, where we will Read More

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Manual Handling and Musculoskeletal Disorders – A Guide from RoSPA

Manual Handling – a guide from RoSPA A subject our customers often ask us about is “Manual Handling” and “Musculoskeletal Disorders” . We produce lots of safety signs and posters, that can help as part of your overall safety policy for manual handling. Lifting correctly is something that is often viewed as commonsense and not given the adequate attention it deserves. It should not be restricted to warehousing and stores departments, but should also cover the general day to day Read More

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European Sign Show 2013 – Interview with Julian Rowlandson

This year has been a busy year for Stocksigns on the exhibition circuit. This interview taken at the recent European Sign Expo marks the end of a packed few weeks of shows, seminar hosting and interviews for Julian Rowlandson, Sales & Marketing Director for Stocksigns. During the interview Julian talks about how exhibitions, like The European Sign Expo, are ideal for companies like Stocksigns, who have an extremely wide and diverse range of signage capabilities and services.

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Summer Safety Signage Audit

Summer Safety Signage Audit The summer months and the holiday season are the ideal time to carry out a signage audit. Your business premises may be quieter, as staff jet off on their well earned breaks, often leaving car parks and buildings temporarily easier to access. Use this time and the increased access to assess your company signage, making sure signs are present, in good condition and correct to the latest legislation. Also the summer can be a time when there maybe a need Read More

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Construction Safety Statistics That Make You Think – InfoGraphic RoSPA

Construction Safety, the statistics remind us there is still work to be done Many of our readers work in the construction industry, either directly or through contractors. Whatever their roles tend to be, there is always a strong link with safety management and in particular construction safety. With that in mind we are always looking out for safety tips and information that might be useful to our followers. RoSPA have produced this great infographic, which highlights some of the shocking statistics Read More

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RIBA Siteboards – Guidance Notes for Architects

Stocksigns has been a licensed manufacturer of RIBA siteboards for many years and we are well qualified to advise you and create your practice’s siteboards. While we will always create your sign board to RIBA standards, we thought it would be useful to share the design specification with some of our readers. The information in the post has been taken directly from RIBA and we hope that we have presented the information in a way that adds clarity to what Read More

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Everything you always wanted to know about COSHH (but were too afraid to ask!) – by RoSPA

A Guide to COSHH – A Guest post from RoSPA If you’ve ever had any dealings with any aspect of Health and Safety, the chances are you’ve come across the acronym COSHH or one of the COSHH symbols. However, you may still be uncertain about what COSHH actually stands or what the symbols mean. Don’t worry though, help is at hand with our informative short guide to COSHH.  What does COSSH stand for? COSHH stands for ‘Control of Substances Hazardous Read More

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The Hollywood Sign – Guess Who’s 90 years old?

Fun Facts About the Hollywood Sign. We spend a lot of time trawling the internet looking at signage information that we think might be useful to our customers. Every now and then we come across something that may not be necessarily useful (unless it comes up in the pub quiz!) but is either a bit of fun or just interesting. We hope that this post written by Catherine R from www.sign.com/blog is maybe a bit of both. 1) The Hollywood Read More

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New budget, New Signs

While the announcement of the new government budgetary measures may not have been the news everyone was hoping for, it does mark the start of the financial New Year for many organisations. It is the perfect time to carry out a signage audit of your premises. Taking Stock of your Safety Signs Take time to walk round your premises, it may take a couple of trips round if you have a large or complicated building layout. Note all your existing fire Read More

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ISO 7010 what does it really mean for me?

Don’t Panic about ISO 7010 There has been much in the industry press regarding the new safety signs standard ISO 7010. A lot of the coverage has implied that all companies must change their safety signs in order to comply. This scaremongering has led to many companies making expensive but not necessarily required signage purchases. Yes there is new legislation, and yes a lot of the safety symbols have changed, but you don’t need to rip out all your existing Read More

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Vitreous Enamel Signs – A sign of the times

This weeks post is from our guest Blogger – Julian Rowlandson, Sales & Marketing Director, Stocksigns. Vitreous Enamel Signs -Signs of the Times From the iconic London Underground maps to retro adverts for household goods in gastro pubs printed Vitreous Enamel signs and panels provide an exciting and durable medium for architects, specifiers and designers. Using a process that can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Vitreous Enamel or VE has many features that make it suitable for a wide Read More

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School Signs Resources for the Education Industry

School Signs From Stocksigns Stocksigns has been manufacturing school signs for the education industry for more than 50 years. As a result we have built up a wealth of knowledge on how schools can make the best use of their signs. We have brought together the best blog posts aimed at schools in this article to remind schools and colleges how to use and choose the right signs for them. We have also got one of the largest dedicated schools signs Read More

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Climate Week 4th – 10th March. Do your bit!

Following the recent ‘Go Green Week’ we can keep the eco-campaign going with this week’s environmental awareness week ‘Climate Week’. Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society. Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 events in Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion. Events are run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others. Read More

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Road Signs do they confuse you? survey by confused.com

Road signs? Confused? – You are not alone confirms Confused.com‘s latest research. Insurance website confused.com have recently published the results of a road signs survey to test the nation’s understanding of signs. The research should some startling results; An astonishing 93 per cent failed to recognise the traffic signs for “no vehicles except bikes being pushed”. Meanwhile 83 per cent were unclear on the meaning of the common “Urban Clearway” sign, and 67 per cent were bamboozled by the “no waiting”  sign. Top Read More

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Energy Conservation Signs – Remind Staff to Turn Off the Lights

More Reasons to Save Energy with Energy Conservation signs. Our final piece to support ‘Go Green Week’ is going to list a few thought provoking facts* to help us remember to turn off those lights and promote energy conservation! Office lights left on overnight use enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost 5 months. A photocopier left on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea. A 2°C increase in office temperature creates enough CO2 in a Read More

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Help Your Staff to Recycle – hints & tips for recycling in the office

3 Ways to Make Recycling Simple. This next article in our series of posts to support ‘Go Green Week’ takes a look at recycling and advocates the use of recycling signs. We are all getting used to the mantra “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” but ‘recycling’, the third in the going greener hiearchy, is often the activity that can be done very half heartedly. We are not talking about the large scale collection of scrap metal from manufacturing processes (where generally Read More

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Photoluminescent Signs the “Eco” Benefits

How can  signs help boost your “Green” credentials? As part of the Stocksigns’ support of “Go Green Week”  we are looking at various ways you can use signage to boost your company’s “Green Credentials”. In this post we are revisiting the additional environmental benefits of using photoluminescent signs. Many companies are committed to recycling and purchasing non-toxic supplies, but they still work in buildings whose materials, electrical systems and waste systems were in place long before being “eco” became the business Read More

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Post Office Heritage Signs – A Restoration Project

The British Postal Museum and Archive take an active role in preserving our British Heritage. One such project was the restoration of a now rare blue airmail pillar box from the 1930s, including the recreation of heritage signs. Special post boxes for the collection of airmail were on British streets for less than nine years yet they continue to fascinate. Originally intended to be placed in prominent positions in London, by 1936, there were 139 in London and 174 in the Read More

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Winter Safety Products, Be Safe in the Big Freeze

Protect Your Premises With Winter Safety Products. With the wintry weather set to continue for a few weeks yet, it’s time to take extra safety precautions. The councils do their best to grit and salt our roads, to protect road users as best they can. But what happens at the travellers’ destinations? Many road users are on their way to work and schools, where they encounter private roads, driveways and car parks, all outside the councils jurisdiction. It is here in these close Read More

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Safety Signs and General Signage Guide

Stocksigns 2013 Safety Signs Catalogue and Signage Guide We are delighted to to announce that our new 2013 safety signs and general signage catalogue is out now. We offer you the most comprehensive range of safety signs in the UK, complying with the latest applicable legislation. Great value and quality with rapid supply and if you don’t see what you need we can design a sign to your own requirements. Our catalogue is packed with advice and information to help you meet Read More

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Safety Signs Resources with New Pinterest Page

Safety Signs Pinterest Page for Signage Resources Stocksigns has created a Pinterest page to help bring together some of the links to the industries best safety signs and general signage resources. As we both publish our own signage information, and find the latest innovations and technologies within the industry, we will aggregate them together in our new page. Be sure to visit regularly or add it to your favourites to keep all your signage resources in one place. Also please send Read More

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National Braille Week

Braille Week runs from the 7th – 13th October Over the centuries Braille has had an enormous effect on the lives of millions of people across 120 countries worldwide. It is not a language but a code by which all languages may be written and read. The ability to read and write in Braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and personal security. It is an extremely important gateway to opportunity for the UK’s blind or partially Read More

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Safety Signs Symbols how well do you know yours?

Just for a bit of fun we have put together a quick safety signs quiz so you can test how much you really know about safety signs symbols!   Safety Signs and Symbols Click on the button to take you to our quiz. It will only take a few minutes of your time and may teach you some important safety sign facts. We will feedback the collective results of how well people know their safety signs and symbols in the Read More

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Safety Signs Check-up

Safety Signs Check-Up For The New Year While safety signs may not have been at the top of your Christmas list, this time of year is the perfect time to carry out a signage audit of your premises. The beginning of year is always associated with fresh starts, out with the old and in with the new. We often get renewed energy which gives us the impetus to start new projects or clear the decks in anticipation of what January Read More

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Jubilee Gardens – The Royal Opening by HRH The Queen

  Jubilee Gardens – Project outline October 2012 saw the official opening of the newly redesigned Jubilee Gardens by HM The Queen. Stocksigns is an established signage manufacturer serving the entire UK’s sign market but specialising in various niche areas where they have grown to be the leading sign experts. Jubilee Gardens Project Adriaan Wijsveld is Stocksigns’ specialist in parks and open spaces. He has completed many successful projects for councils and municipal gardens etc. His design background, coupled with Read More

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ISO 7010 Safety signs and symbols – Where are we now?

ISO 7010 – Safety Signs Are Changing Over the next few months we will see a further step in the adoption of a new standard for safety signs as BS ISO 7010 is soon to become BS EN ISO 7010. The change will see safety signs in the workplace move away from being an “International standard” (essentially a recommendation on best practice), to a European norm (meaning the contents of the standard must be written into UK and EU law). ISO Read More

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Door signs how to choose the best for your business – a video guide

Door Signs Door signs can be customised with your logo or your corporate fonts. They create a unified design throughout the whole building and door signs help reinforce your company or brand values. We can offer you a huge variety of internal signs in materials including metal, plastics, glass and layered effects. Many have matching interior panels, signposts and external signs. Call us to discuss your ideas, and we can help guide you towards the best solution for your building. Visit Read More

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Messagemaker’s Imposa Lite is star performer at JD Sports

Stocksigns’ sister company Messagemaker has completed a high profile project at JD Sports flagship store. Messagemaker have created a full colour display and looping video content is designed to capture the attention of passers-by on both sides of the street, helping to promote the JD Sports brand 24/7 while drawing attention to current promotions and offers. Messagemaker stepped in to assist JD Sports who were looking to maximise brand awareness and boost the store’s presence at this prime shopping location Read More

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Directories and Wayfinding Signs – A design guide

Directories and Wayfinding Directories and wayfinding sign systems aim to make navigation around unfamiliar grounds and buildings as simple as possible. These signs are often the first point of contact a customer has with your company and first impressions count. This short film is a “How to” guide to creating the best designs for directories and wayfinding signs.

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Care Home Signs and Signage for Supported Living

Care Home Signs Specialist Stocksigns We have produced a short video clip of some of our examples of care home signs. Stocksigns have been working with care providers for many years and as a result our product range within the retirement living sector has grown substantially. We have a large range of care-home signs available from our on line shop. Or for more information contact our dedicated Care Home Team.

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Flag Flying – how to choose your flagpole

Here are some factors to think about when choosing your flag pole: Your location Height of pole Wind speeds Foundation Security   A question we are often asked is “How much space should I allow around the pole?”…Your flag size will dictate how near you will need to be from the nearest object. It is a good idea to allow plenty of space, particularly if you want to fly a larger one at a later date. It is also a Read More

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Street Name plates, where do street names come from?

The Origins of London’s Street Names Stocksigns has been manufacturing street name plates for many years. Over this time we have seen not only the style of signs change but also some of the roads’ actual names change. So we thought we would take a look at how some streets have gained their names. According to the BBC, The City of London contains no roads. There are plenty of streets, squares and alleys, but traditionally not a single road. The reason for the Read More

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Vitreous Enamel Signs – How are they made?

Vitreous enamel signs have been used for over a 100 years. However the enamelling process is believed to date back much further. We are often asked why people still choose vitreous enamel signs over more modern products. The answer is simple, nothing can compare to vitreous enamel signs in terms of; Fire retardant properties – Vitreous Enamel signs are chosen for underground applications Low maintenance – Very hard wearing Environmental resistance – ideal for corrosive industrial or severe atmospheres Long life Read More

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What size sign should I use? A viewing distance guide

What size signs should I use? – Viewing Distances For Signs We are often asked by customers what size sign they should be using, particularly with regard to safety signs. The truth is there is no hard and fast rule for size of sign and viewing distances. Currently there is no legislation covering this aspect of safety signs and symbols, and common sense has to be used to make a judgement. The viewing distance for signs is dependant on many factors. Read More

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Signs for the DDA – Rail Signs Guide

Rail Signs from Stocksigns All surface rail companies are constantly striving to provide better access and a better travelling experience for all their customers. Stocksigns plays a key part in helping train operators deliver these improvement projects through careful management of the accompanying signage. DDA and SFA A Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) or Step Free Access (SFA) improvement scheme is designed to supplement access and egress around a station. As part of this scheme, Network Rail have undertaken a comprehensive program Read More

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Cycle Safety Signs – Vehicle Mounted Signs

Cycle safety signs warning Cyclists about the dangers of passing a vehicle on the left-hand side – DO NOT PASS ON THIS SIDE SIGNS Cycle safety signs from Stocksigns. Every year 15,000 cyclists are killed or injured on our roads. The most common accident is the motorist turning into the path of cyclists. This is an issue that has been taken very seriously by freight operating companies and safety campaigners alike. Working with some major aggregate companies, Stocksigns has developed vehicle mounted Read More

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LED Display Technology from Messagemaker

  Veolia opts for LED Display Technology from Messagemaker (Sister company to Stocksigns)  Six-times winner of the prestigious Gold award for Occupational Health and Safety from RoSPA, the Pitsea site took the decision to install the new LED signs as a means of delivering heightened safety awareness through a permanent visual reminder that is regularly refreshed to capture and retain people’s attention. The Pitsea landfill site has been operating for the last 100 years, during which time the local population Read More

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School Signs Catalogue – Latest Edition

School Signs Catalogue Latest Edition – fully updated and available on-line now. Stocksigns is delighted to publish their new edition of the School Signs Catalogue. Available on-line, it boasts the most comprehensive range of safety signs for schools, along with “easy order” sign guides for the most commonly required custom-made signs for schools. An ideal school reference guide for Head Teachers, Bursars, Local Authorities and Contractors. For more information or advice on our School signs ranges, view our catalogue on-line or Read More

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How to use your Noticeboards

How to use your Notice boards All too often important announcements or vital bits of information are lost or go unnoticed. A Noticeboard can help to improve communication and can become a central focus, or even a meeting place for employees or communities. Top Uses for Noticeboards To post public messages for people Help build company brand As a Bulletin Board for company updates Advertise upcoming events Promote communication between administration and other staff Announce company results – which can Read More

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Choosing The Right Post Height For Your Signs

Choosing the right post for your signs is often an area which most worries our customers. This simple guide will help you choose the right sign post, giving you the optimum viewing position for your new signs, whilst make them sturdy and secure. A post mounted sign elevates your signs to give optimum viewing to pedestrians and cars. When selecting your post height consider other obstructions such as hedges and fences etc. Posts are better sited in flowers beds or Read More

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Vitreous Enamel Signs Guide

Where you must absolutely NOT use  Vitreous Enamel Signs If You Care about Your Signage – Don’t use Vitreous Enamel Signs (VE) 1. When you don’t want your signs to last a long time. Why? –  Vitreous Enamel is notorious for its vastly extended life over other materials. They will look as good as new even after 40 years, making them an ideal long term signage solution. 2. When there is NO chance of any corrosion Why?  – Vitreous Enamel’s Read More

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How to Apply Vinyl Graphics

  This article is dedicated to the different application methods used for applying/installing self adhesive vinyl signs and window graphics. Many of our safety sign ranges come with a self adhesive vinyl option making them very versatile and easy to install. We also offer a range of frosted vinyl window graphics in both standard and custom-made designs. Glass Highlighting can also help you comply with Regulation 14 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The Regulation requires the Read More

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Your Signs Catalogue

The New Stocksigns 2012 Safety Signs Catalogue We have been working hard to bring you the widest range of high quality signage products in 2012.  The Catalogue has over 30,000 standard signs for you to choose from and a custom section that aims to provide inspiration for choosing signs from proven designs created for others and steer you to design your own should you wish. This year we have extended our capabilities and product range even further to include LED signs. Read More

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Safety Signs Audit For The New Year

Safety Signs Audit For The New Year While safety signs may not have been at the top of your Christmas list, this time of year is the perfect time to carry out a signage audit of your premises. The beginning of year is always associated with fresh starts, out with the old and in with the new. We often get renewed energy which gives us the impetus to start new projects or clear the decks in anticipation of what January Read More

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Why Use LED Signs?

Since our announcement that Stocksigns had acquired Messagemaker Display we have been asked by many of our customers why they should use LED signs. With that in mind we have put together a few of the benefits of using LED Signage. Long Life Signs – Only high quality LED’s are used from reputable manufacturers who offer products with a typical life to half brightness of not less than 100,000 hours (11.4 years) continually on. Broad Viewing Angle – Viewing angles will vary depending on Read More

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LED Display vs LCD

LED Signs vs LCD Display “As technology moves ever forward it has become increasingly more confusing as LCD displays are using LED for back-lighting and are being termed LED displays, they are not, they are simply LCD displays with LED-backlighting” emphasises Harry Filer, managing director of Messagemaker Displays, which manufactures a range of full colour and variable LED signage displays. What are the differences between LCD Display and LED Display Filer continues’ “A ‘pure’ LED display is using LED’s to Read More

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Safety Signs – RoSPA’s Business case for Safety

 Roger Bibbings, RoSPA’s Occupational Safety Adviser talks about how, during these times of austerity, now is not the time to cut back, but instead invest in health and safety. Safety Signs can be a key part of this. Safety Signs Safety signs are a cost effective way of enhance your safety policy. They can be used to warn of inherent dangers, they can be used to promote safety awareness and used as training aids in safety training. A site survey Read More

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Where to use Emergency Exit Signs

Which Emergency Exit Sign to use where? We are often asked by our customers which fire exit sign they should use where and with which arrow? This simple guide will help you to select the right signs for your premises and keeping within current legislation. The directional arrows are designed to give visual instructions of the safest route to take in the event of an emergency. A site survey of your premises can help you ensure your emergency escape plans Read More

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Traffic Signs – Protecting Children

Road Traffic Warning Signs around Children’s Play Areas Stocksigns has long been famous for manufacturing good quality traffic signs, and boasts an extensive range. The importance of traffic warning signs is evident from their common place use but here is what RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) says about Traffic Signs and their use for protecting children. RoSPA’s Traffic Signs Guide Traffic signs are a common site through out our road network or where children have to cross, Read More

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vehicle safety checks

Vehicle Safety – Some simple safety checks from RoSPA Most of us who are eligible to have a driving licence, do have a current license, and most us drive on a daily basis but how many of us actually know what necessary safety checks have to be carried out on your vehicle, let alone  carry them out regularly. Our Safety Partner RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) has created this short but informative video about the necessary vehicle safety Read More

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A Surplus of Signs or a Safety Necessity? Safety Signs Clutter Debate

Safety signs clutter? There has been much talk recently about signs pollution, the proliferation of signs all over our town and countryside, from high street to motorway, from factory to farm. Which not only can blight our landscape or built environment, but also cause confusion by virtue of the sign’s own cluttering promiscuity. Does this apply to health and safety signs? Not so, in our view. First, the very purpose of properly located and appropriate safety signage is to protect Read More

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How safe is your school? – School Safety Signs

School Safety Signs No-one wants to go overboard about safety in schools, any more than they do about every day living elsewhere. And, of course, schools take the matter of safety for everybody involved – not only pupils, but also staff and visitors, who are equally important – very seriously. However, it is worth reviewing not just the provision of, say, signage, but also how well it is understood. Stocksigns has a long tradition of innovation in school signage, (for Read More

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Fire Exit Signs and Emergency Escape Signs

  Just because there is statutory requirement for all non-domestic premises to have the right fire safety signage, there is no reason that fire exit signs cannot be used imaginatively to fit in with your building design and decoration. Here are some examples of the different ways that a compliant fire sign can be used.  1. Wall and ceiling mounted signs are very useful when for example, space is at a premium or there is a low ceiling.  2. Sign Read More

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Signs for the DDA – Making Provision for the Disabled

Making Provision for the Disabled – Its not just about the law or wheelchairs. It’s been 7 years since the scope of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) became applicable to all service providers, whatever their size (i.e. 1st October 2004). But how many smaller organisations have actually made adjustments to their premises? Changes have to be reasonable and so proportionate, which is to some extent subjective. One key element – and a relatively low cost one  at that – Read More

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Engraved Tags – How to use Engraved Tags?

       When should Engraved Tags be used? In addition to the commonly used situations engraved tags can be used in a number of areas where conventional labelling systems may not be appropriate such as:  If  the surface area isn’t suitable for good or strong adhesion with labels. If  the Surface area is too small and cannot accommodate the label size. If the area is congested which could cause an obstructed view of the label. If Labels need to be frequently changed or Read More

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Braille Signs – Tactual from Stocksigns

Braille Signs At the end of March 2006 there were 364,615 people in the UK who were registered as severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted) – RNIB. The Tactual Braille signs range from Stocksigns is the innovative and visually superior tactile signage system. Braille signs are capable of conveying fast, effective information to assist the visually impaired. They should be used to clearly identify exits, restrooms, entrances and other rooms for the visually impaired and also assist Read More

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Smartsign – temperature sensitive smart signs

Help protect your staff or family with the Stocksigns Smartsign™ The award winning Smartsign is designed for use on surfaces changing from cold to hot, immediately warning people of a dangerous hazard and helping reduce accidental burn injuries. – Displays the word ‘HOT’ when the surface temperature reaches 50°C / 122°F – Designed to “BS 5499 part 1” and conforms to the “Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996” – Used in both domestic and industrial environments. Ideal Read More

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Memorial Plaques – a guide to creating remembrance plaques and nameplates

Memorial Plaques – a guide to creating remembrance plaques and nameplates Stocksigns can manufacturer a wide range of commemorative and memorial plaques and nameplates including engraved plaques, etched plaques, vitreous enamel, screen printed plaques, cast aluminium, slate and other natural materials. So whether you are looking for a professional nameplate or heritage sign we can guide you through the choice of materials and manufacturing techniques to make your ideal plaques.  Here are some factors to think about when choosing your Memorial Read More

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Beach Safety Signs- Phew what a scorcher!

Beach Safety – RNLI Beach Safety Signs The hottest April on record certainly drew us all to the sea – or so it seemed judging by the traffic jams over the Easter weekend. With this earlier than usual start to the “beach Season” its worth reminding ourselves that the seaside can be a dangerous environment if lack of awareness or respect for the power of water leads to complacency and then possibly onto tragic drama. How can we look after our Read More

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School Signs Competition

Give your pupils the chance to WIN a FREE school sign. Stocksigns is inviting all young artists to design their own school signs. Children are being asked to create designs for their own School Welcome Signs. The winning design will be manufactured for free at the Stocksigns factory. Read More

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Hazard Signs – Understanding Hazard Safety Signs

  Hazard Signs , Warning, Danger, or Caution safety signs The category of safety signs generally referred to as “Hazard signs” play an essential role in the management of your safety procedures protecting your staff, visitors and premises. Hazard signs are displayed to advise and forewarn of potential dangers. Hazard signs have a yellow triangle with a black pictogram or symbol on yellow background with a black border.

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How Environmental Factors Can Effect the Life of Your Signs

The environment plays a large part in the impact that a sign will have. The longevity of a sign is affected by many factors. These include: The amount of exposure to the sun The range of temperatures where the sign will be located The surface colour of the sign, red fades the most. The environment where the sign will be installed, an exposed location will reduce the life of your sign, or an area with high levels of traffic will Read More

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Emergency Way Guidance using Photoluminescent Material

In situations of emergency evacuation, especially when confronted by power failure, a way guidance system using photoluminescent tapes, signs and markers will help to indicate clearly defined escape routes, saving critical time for the evacuation of the building. BS 5266-6: 1999, is a Code of Practice for non-electrical low mounted way guidance marking using a photoluminescent system. It recommends how to plan, design, install and maintain the system when used in conjunction with powered emergency lighting. The use of this Read More

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Playground Signs – How to use school signs as teaching aids

School Signs – Playground Signs Not all learning happens in the classroom! Much of children’s social skills and relationship building occurs on the playground either through organised formal sports and activities or through natural play. Use your school signs to help this natural development. Playground Rules School Signs Use playground and school signs to brighten up the surroundings but also to teach children the importance of good citizenship and fair play. Playground rules signs give gentle encouragement and help children develop respect for each Read More

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How to use Signs to Build Company Brand – Part 2 Way Finding Signs

Welcome to part 2 of How to use signs to Build Company Brand – Wayfinding Signs. You don’t need to be a Marketing Guru to know that advertising helps promote a business and is vital to success. There are many ways to advertise and signs are one way of the most cost-effective and visual ways to do so. There are many forms of signs, each with their own roles to play within a business. Signs can be divided into four main Read More

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Mobile phones and driving – protect your fleet

Mobile Phones & Driving A substantial body of research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing. Safety Signs and Training for Drivers Stocksigns offer a range of transport safety signs and driving resources to help protect your staff and fleet. As a working partner of RoSPA we are proud to offer access to RoSPA Fleet Training and consultancy as well as a host of traffic signs. Read More

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Safety Signs, Symbols and Colour Codes – a simple guide

The use of symbols and graphical images is a simple safety system used to convey safety messages at a glance. Colours and symbols appropriately used can provide ever-present information and warnings of hazards which are essential to safety at work, and in some instances may be independent of language The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 require employers to provide and maintain safety signs where there is significant risk to health and safety that has not been Read More

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Wayfinding and signage in London

London is a great city for walking. The Mayor’s vision is to make it one of the world’s most walking friendly cities by 2015. Walking is an enjoyable, free and accessible activity and for most people, a necessary part of their everyday journeys. Legible London is a wayfinding project designed to improve the navigation throughout the Capital for people who want to walk. A study conducted on behalf of Transport for London found that the present multitude of standard signs Read More

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How to use Signs to Build Company Brand – Part 1 Corporate Signage

You don’t need to be a Marketing Guru to know that advertising helps promote a business and is vital to success. There are many ways to advertise and signs are one way of the most cost-effective and visual ways to do so. There are many forms of signs each with their own roles to play within a business. Signs can be divided into  four main groups: corporate signage, way finding, information and safety signs. Part 1 of this guide will Read More

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Go Green – photoluminescent fire signs

Stocksigns ideas to help build your green credentials Many companies are committed to recycling and purchasing non-toxic supplies, but they still work in buildings whose materials, electrical systems and waste systems were 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 Read More

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Engraved Plaque

Plaque Originally uploaded by Stocksigns We have now created a library of many of our signs including this lovely example of an engraved sign. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stocksigns/ www.stocksigns.co.uk Tweet

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Vitreous Enamel Signs – New Gallery

Due to popular demand we have made some of our Vitreous Enamel Sign Pictures available to view. Enthusiasts and collectors from all round the world ask us for images of these iconic signs. Made from exceptionally hard-wearing Vitreous Enamel these signs have stood the test of time and look good as new for 40 years plus! Tweet

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Door Signs and Nameplates – a Signage 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. However careful planning early on in the project can help you avoid costly mistakes. 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 Read More

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Getting the best from your Noticeboards.

Here are some factors to think about when choosing your External customised Notice Boards. Tips on choosing the right noticeboard for you. Where is your noticeboard to be displayed? We can provide noticeboards and display cases that are sympathetic to your environment, or offer advice on the levels of weather or vandal protection your external notice boards may require. What information are you going to display? Is the information permanent or require updating regularly. We offer notice boards with fabric Read More

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Planning Your Wayfinding Signage & Sign Directories

Here are some factors to think about when choosing your External customised Sign Directories and Way Finding Signage Systems. When Planning your custom made signs or 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. If possible get someone who is not familiar with the area to help. Their unfamiliarity will ensure your signs are placed in exactly the right place to make navigation easy. Read More

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New Air Horn Safety Signs from Stocksigns – ideal for remote areas.

Stocksigns has developed a new safety sign incorporating a Gas Horn.  Gas horns are ideal fire alarm device’s where a conventional fire alarm system is inappropriate. For example, building sites, concrete plants, quarries, workshops and temporary buildings. They are suitable for internal and external use. The Air horn sign enables you to spot missing safety equipment at a glance. For more information email dharbison@stocksigns.co.uk Air horn advert Tweet

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