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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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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