Fire Safety Blog

Fire Safety

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

All premises need fire safety signs.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that all workplaces must have adequate safety signs to point people towards fire-fighting equipment, emergency routes and emergency exits. Primarily, they are used to warn and instruct employees of risks to their health and safety.

Working out which ones you need can be a little confusing.

We have put together a simple guide below.

  • Fire Exit Signage – Fire Exit Sign – displayed along all designated fire escape routes (with  arrows) and all emergency exits (without arrows)
  • Fire Door Signage – All fire exit doors must carry a ‘Fire door, keep shut’ sign. This is an example of a mandatory notice which simply means that it gives an instruction which is to be displayed on each side of all fire doors to ensure safety.
  • Fire Action Notice – The purpose of a fire action notice is to inform employees or visitors of what action to take in the event of a fire.
  • Fire Assembly Point – A picture gram or written sign displayed at the outside point of assembly where people must gather after evacuation.
  • Fire Safety Equipment – In the event of a fire, its vital that people know where to find the firefighting equipment, and which equipment they can use depending on the type of fire.
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Without proper signage, you are potentially putting employees’ lives in danger.

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

Fire safety signs should always be clear and unambiguous.

Escape routes and doors must be obviously labelled.

Escape route signs must be displayed along all exit routes.

Signs should be positioned at an appropriate height.

Our Site Survey Manager and installation crew can visit your site to specify your complete signage needs, and will expertly install your signs once they are ready.

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The Jurassic Coast Quest

The Stocksigns Team and Friends have been at it again, we have climbed every mountain and I can confirm the hills were alive with the Sound of Music! The Jurassic Coast Quest took place on the 10th and 11th of July we hiked 50 miles and climbed just under 9000ft of elevation.

Our chosen charity for this year is The Children’s Trust. The UK’s leading charity for children with injury. Based in Tadworth (local to our Stocksigns HQ) the Trust runs a range of specialist care, education and therapy services for children and young people from across the UK and the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injury (ABI)

Day 1

Start time: 6 am

Distance: 24 miles

Elevation: 3310.ft

Time: 7h 51m

We woke up bright and early to the sound of rain hitting our tents… it was damp and dull! Our support crew drove us to our start point in Charmouth where we exctidely jumped off the bus, and headed towards our first climb. At this point, the heavens opened again and it looked like a storm was brewing. Apparently there was some amazing scenery, but sadly we couldn’t see any of it through the thick fog and rain! By the time we had arrived at Chesil Beach, we were greeted with rays of sunshine and blue skies just in time for a re-fuelling stop.

It was sunshine and smiles for miles for some of us after that. A fair few feet and knees were now starting to suffer which was understandable as we had climbed the same elevation as Mt Snowdon.

Day 2

Start time: 6 am

Distance: 26 miles

Elevation: 5639ft

Time: 8h 33m

Another early start in the rain and day two was feeling much tougher from the moment we set off compared to Day 2, although this may be in our heads because we knew Captain Cload had chosen a much more difficult route! The lack of sleep with all the aches and pains were starting to show as the team set off from our campsite and were immediately faced with the first hill. We got to the top only to see that we needed to go straight back down the other side, which became the theme of the next 8 hours. The hills were so steep that some of us preferred to walk up the hills instead of  down

to save our poor knees. This was just the beginning of our non-stop steep climbs along the cliffs.

We made it to Durdle Door as a full group but sadly after that we did lose a couple of crew members (they didn’t drop off the side of cliffs, they were picked up by our fabulous support crew) their feet and knees were in bits.

We passed Lulworth Cove and Chapmans Cove then stopped for a quick refuel and a few new blister plasters from  the new blisters that we had picked up. Then it was time for the final 10 miles. Where the heavens opened up once again, but we were not about to let anything rain on our parade! We had singing, football chants and music quizzes. It helped bring in the final 10 miles of hills. No wonder day 2 was such a challenge we had hiked almost two Scarfell Pike elevations.

As we approached our finish line, we could see the support crew and fellow walkers cheering for us. We hydrated with a glass of celebratory fizz and took our final team photo of the walk.

There was no rest that evening as the team headed straight out to watch England bring the football home! However, the football did not come home that weekend, but Stocksigns Ltd and friends certainly did! With a whopping amount of money raised for the Children’s Trust Tadworth.

We are so pleased and proud to share with you that we raised over £8,000 for the Children’s Trust in Tadworth.

Thank you all for your support and donations, this fantastic amount of money, and will go a long way in helping this fantastic charity.

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Quarries and Water Safety

You turn up to an abandoned quarry on a hot summer’s day, it is nice and quiet, the water is clear, and it looks inviting.

Adventure awaits…

There’s nothing quite like taking a dip into open water and feeling a massive rush of endorphins, but in reality, adventure does not await when dealing with water safety.

85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites.

You see a ‘danger, do not no swim’ sign amongst the picturesque foliage, do NOT ignore this, this sign has been put there for a reason.

Quarries, particularly abandoned and disused quarries are very dangerous places, they have several hidden dangers. Deep water, stone-cold water, submerged and abandoned machinery, hidden current, pollution, and dangerous algae to name a few.

Signs are used to inform people of the dangers present in and around the water they are interacting with.

Members of the public must keep away from quarries and do not trespass.

Shop our range of quarry signs here.

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Signs are used to inform people of the dangers present in and around the water they are interacting with.

Our highly visible and easy-to-read quarry signs help aggregate and quarry companies keep their premises safe and secure. By their nature, quarries are extremely dangerous places to work in and visit. There are a number of hazards to contend with, such as falling rocks, deep water, and industrial machinery, and we have health and safety signs for all of these hazards. We can help you to highlight the dangers present in quarries that may not be evident to visitors, especially those who are on your premises without permission or when the site may be closed.

We supply signage for quarries that complies with Quarry Regulations 1999 and conforms to British Standards BS5499. Our range of signs includes quarry safety signs, warnings signs as well as custom signs with site-specific graphics.

Keep your site safe and shop our quarry range here, or call us today on 01737 774072 to talk to one of our experienced sales team.

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Meet Steve Wright

At Stocksigns, we have an experienced and knowledgeable team. Here, we talk to Steve Wright, Highways Development Manager at Stocksigns to find out about his current role, the most common issues he supports customers with and his future ambitions for the company.

Firstly, please can you tell us about your career history and background prior to joining Stocksigns?

After leaving school in 1976, I primarily worked in the construction and civils industries, accumulating various certifications including a City & Guilds qualification in Bricklaying. During my time working in the civils construction industry, I took on a number of positions from labouring to supervisory and managerial roles, giving me a strong ‘ground up’ knowledge of the industry and how it operates.

I first moved into the sign industry in 2006, working as an installer for a small local business, before later joining a Tier 1 contractor for the Highways Agency Network. Since then, I have accumulated thirteen years of experience within the sign industry, a decade of which has been in senior managerial roles. Finally, I joined Stocksigns Group in 2018, working with both Stocksigns and Messagemaker Displays Ltd. as Highways Development Manager.

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What does your current role entail?

My role for Stocksigns and Messagemaker Displays is quite varied, but I spend the majority of my time developing new business, particularly in the highways market for both brands.  My background in the manufacturing of permanent road traffic signs has helped us grow our client base in this market.

In addition, I have a real passion for health and safety, the environment and quality assurance. This has enabled me to help with the company’s recent ISO and Construction Products Regulation (CPR) assessments.

Can you talk us through an average working day for you?

At the moment I am mostly working from home due to the restrictions of the pandemic. However, an average day for me still includes monitoring contract announcements, contacting both existing and prospective clients and producing quotes, as well as looking after the company’s accreditations and certifications.

As the restrictions lift and face to face meetings become possible again, I will be travelling around the UK to meet with clients and attend exhibitions as a representative of Stocksigns and Messagemaker Displays.

What is the most common issue or product that customers approach you for help with?

I regularly provide support to our customers during the specification of reflective signage to ensure that the correct solutions are selected. Some of our smaller-scale clients rely on the knowledge of manufacturers such as Stocksigns to ensure they receive the correct reflectivity, sign size or post calculations. I also assist many of our clients with the installation of permanent signage, providing advice and support.

Tell us about some of the clients you are working with at the moment?

One of my largest clients is Shift Traffic Events Ltd. As a major traffic management supplier, Shift Traffic currently employs 18 of our Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) for use on a number of sites across the UK. Among these VMS systems is the Tower Unit, one of our most innovative signage units, launched last year. The traffic management tool is designed with energy efficiency in mind and a much smaller footprint to make it ideal for applications where space is limited.

On a personal note, I am incredibly proud of the Tower Unit’s concept as I played a significant role during its development process. Due to my highways and traffic management background I identified the need for a VMS system that did not require towing and enabled multiple units to be transported by a single vehicle. During the development process, I also discussed the Tower Unit’s proposed design with one of our traffic management clients to receive their feedback to optimise the VMS for its intended purpose.

Following the original Tower Unit’s launch, we have since introduced a second version with added features to provide greater flexibility to our customers. At Stocksigns, we are constantly looking at how we can enhance our product portfolio to benefit our clients’ operations. Therefore, we have already started the initial design phase for a third edition of the Tower Unit.

What are you hoping to achieve over the next year with Stocksigns? Any projects in the pipeline?

 Personally, I think the biggest opportunity in the current market is the drive towards creating a more sustainable highways industry. As companies are increasingly looking to meet net zero carbon targets, systems that incorporate renewable energy will undoubtedly be the way forward.

Stocksigns is heavily involved in the development of a completely self-sufficient large format VMS. Operating on solar and wind generation while crucially retaining total messaging accessibility for network operators, this would be a significant step towards both government and industry targets. It is a really exciting project to be involved in.

Fun fact: What’s your favourite book?

Animal Stories by Rudyard Kipling. I have a copy that was my dad’s when he was a child and he taught me to read using it. It holds a special place in my heart.

To speak to one of Stocksigns’ signage experts, please call 01737 774072.

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Facilities Management

A general aim for all facilities managers is to ensure that the organisation they work for has the most appropriate environment for its employees and visitors to the site.

The most important place to start is to ensure that you have the correct signage in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the site.

Have no fear Stocksigns is here!

 We don’t want to brag, but we really do know our stuff when it comes to health and safety signs here at the Stocksigns HQ.

We have many years of experience in helping building and facilities managers keep their health and safety signage complete and up to date. From bringing in new signage to updating the old, we can ensure your buildings fully comply with the correct legislation.

Signs are an essential tool to comply with specific legislation, as well as to prevent accidents, to help protect or offer guidance to those in the workplace or workplace area, whether they are members of staff or the general public.

The first step towards understanding which signage is required is to undertake a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and the risks they may pose to people working or visiting your site. According to the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, employers are required to use safety signs where there is considered to be a significant risk to health and safety.https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l64.htm

Once the relevant signage is in place, there is a legal duty for companies to maintain safety signs and ensure that employees receive correct instructions and training into what the safety signs mean and the measures that must be followed.

A guide to our signs…

Prohibition– A red circular band with a diagonal crossbar on white background, the symbol within the circle to be black denoting a safety sign that includes a certain behaviour is prohibited.

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Hazard – A yellow triangle with a black border and symbol in the yellow denoting a safety sign that gives a warning of a hazard.

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Mandatory – A blue circle with a white symbol denoting a sign that indicates that a specific course of action must be taken.

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Fire Equipment – A red rectangle or square with a symbol in white denoting a safety sign that indicates the location of the firefighting equipment

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Safe Condition – A green rectangle or square with symbol or text in white denoting a safety sign providing information about safe conditions.

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Safety Signs are crucial in any work environment and the primary importance of displaying them is to prevent injury and ensure staff and visitors are well aware of the possible dangers and hazards ahead in certain situations and/or environments. Whether that be permanent signs to notify people of prohibitions, warnings, and mandatory requirements, for locating and identifying emergency escape routes and first-aid facilities.

As well as permanent signage displaying temporary signage is also very important. For example, where cleaning is underway signs regarding slippery floors are required and need to be visible. Signage can be a great way to enforce safety and make sure care is taken when completing any task.

We have 1000s of products available and our sales team can guide you if you are not sure what you are looking for and for larger projects, we can arrange site surveys and installation.

We also offer an interactive create your own sign service where you can bring your vision to life. We have in place Mandatory, Prohibition, Hazard, and First Aid sign templates with a selection of symbols and custom text for you so you can create exactly what you need online.

We are confident that you will find what you are looking for. However, if this isn’t the case, please call a member of our friendly sales team.

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Welcome… to the Jurassic Coast!

It’s become a bit of a tradition here At Stocksigns that every year we take on a new challenge for a different charity.

At the moment as it stands, we have the green light on the road map to start planning/training for our next event. Last year we hiked the Surrey hills in our little socially distanced bubbles and walked just over 24 miles. We hoped to raise £3342 as that was the total of the elevation for the walk. I can confirm we walked all over that amount and raised an incredible amount (£3800) for the NHS Charities and Rospa.

We are delighted to say that we are back with another charity challenge for this year.

Captain Cload has dug out his map and put on his hiker hat and planned our next expedition, knowing Captain Cload it will be no walk in the park!

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Follow the team’s progress on Twitter and LinkedIn with #TeamStocksigns

Welcome… to the Jurassic Coast!

Over two days we are aiming to hike Dorset’s Jurassic Coast! 75 km and 9,000ft of elevation will make it one of our toughest challenges to date! In past challenges, we have had the luxury of staying in hostels where we had a bed to rest our aching bodies and a warm welcoming shower to wake us up in the morning. This year to add to the challenge we will be camping. I might be crying whilst camping!

Our chosen charity for this year is The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. The Trust runs a range of specialist care, education and therapy services for children and young people from across the UK. It includes the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injury (ABI) and is based at Tadworth Court.

Now it’s time for Team Stocksigns and friends, to dust off those hiking boots, get to the pharmacy, and stock up on Compeed, and add energy bars to the weekly shop as our Walk and Talk Wednesdays are back!

Bring on the blisters and the bants it’s time for some new Kings and Queens of the mountains on those Strava segments.

If you would like to make a donation please click here for our Just Giving Page 

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Hot Off The Press

Hot off the press and straight from the Graphics and Marketing team we present to you the new Sign Catalogue for Stocksigns 2021.

The new online catalogue makes browsing for our signs a lot easier, we have given it a little revamp. Taken out some old and added some new. Wherever and whenever you need clear prominent signage, we are confident that you will find what you are looking for. However, if this isn’t the case, we also offer a full design a sign service which can be found on our website.

Our catalouge includes all forms of safety signs and general signage including Emergency Fire Escape signs, Road and Traffic Signs, Fire Exit Signs, Photoluminescent Signs and Hazard, and Warning Signs, Covid Signs through to No Smoking Signs. Did you know that there is an LED Safety Signs and Temporary LED Traffic Management Solutions? You can find this in our new catalogue too. We can confidently say that our products are high quality and one of the best you’ll find. To ensure it stays that way, all our safety signs are manufactured in compliance with BS EN ISO 7010 and our business is ISO 9001 certified.

Our team has worked so hard on making this new online catalogue easy to follow but if you are unsure of anything you can chat to one of our friendly team members via our live webchat, or pick up and the phone and give us a call. I can promise you; you won’t have to deal with any automated messages, and you will be put through to a human key account manager!

With offices and businesses starting to open back up again, now is a good time to have a quick walk around your premises to check if your signage is up to date. Are your exit routes clearly marked? Could you find your way out if you were new to the building? Do you need a one-way system in place? Etc.

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Create Your Own Sign

Sometimes a standard sign just won’t do. You need something a little special, something that will stand out, something with a little spice that will get your message across. Why not put your design skills to the test and say it with a sign!

We have worked hard on being able to bring you this option of Design Your Own Sign.

You can create your own sign from scratch using your own images, text, and symbols.

If you need something more sensible, we have in place Mandatory, Prohibition, Hazard, and First Aid sign templates with a selection of symbols and custom text for you to create your own sign.

Please ensure you upload high-quality images (preferably in vector format) for the best result when printed.

It’s easy as 1 2 3. As simple as do re mi. ABC!

All you have to do is,

  1. Select the material and size.
  2. Select images and text.
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We have even made a little video and put it on YouTube to show you all how easy it is to design your own sign.

Signs can be an essential component of a business’s overall marketing strategy.

Visibility is the most important part of your signage.

Crowding your sign with too many words or lines of text makes it harder to read from a distance, but hey it’s your Design and your sign so you do what you want!  Bring your vision to life and create signage that meets your exact specifications.

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CE Certified Road Traffic Signs

CE Certified Road Traffic Signs, we have you covered.

Here at Stocksigns Ltd, we are always looking to improve our products and services so that we can provide you with exceptional personal service. So, we are pleased to share with you all that the latest change to our service is a shorter lead time for CE Certified Road Traffic Signs.

Before today, the lead time on our CE Traffic Signs was 10 to 12 working days (that is not very exceptional is it now!?). So we have invested in new machinery, software, training, and processes to enable a faster lead time of just 2 to 3 working days!

The many benefits of our CE Traffic Sign Range.

  • 2-3 working days lead time.
  • Bulk discounts.
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • Made by a fully accredited and Certified Manufacturer
  • Long-lasting high-quality signs
  • All our Traffic signs online and in the catalogue are made to CE Specifications
  • Every type of CE sign available from warning road traffic signs and directional traffic to speed limit signs.
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More about CE Certified Road Traffic Signs

We often see the letters of CE on products we purchase, whether that’s on electrical products, construction products, windows/shower screens, and children’s toys. (It’s all I can now see as I tidy my children’s toys and put them back in the correct boxes! )

CE marking is a self-certification scheme to demonstrate that products comply with relevant European health, safety, and environmental protection legislation. When a product is CE marked, it means that the manufacturer has verified compliance with the essential health and safety requirements as indicated in the applicable European product directives and regulations.

In regards to CE Marking of Road Traffic Signs, simply put; every permanent road sign installed on any public highway must be CE Certified.

The standard which needs to be adhered to is EN 12899-1-2007. ARTSM (Association for road traffic safety and management), of which Stocksigns is a member, is the trade body for companies that manufacture and supply traffic signs in the UK. You can read their guide on CE Marking of Road Traffic Signs here. https://artsm.org.uk/media/Guidance-on-CE-Marking-130913.pdf

You can shop our range of CE signs here.

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New Construction Range

Want to hear a joke about construction?
We’re still working on it!
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Unlike this joke, we have worked hard and finished our task. We have only gone and merged our two brands First Call Signs and Stocksigns. We put our hard hats on, our PPE, and put our tools to work in our brainstorming session and come up with a new name for these two sites. Let me introduce to you all Stocksigns Construction. Now open for business. With everything in one place, we hope to make your sign experience simpler, easier and sleeker.

Stocksigns Construction will still provide the same high-quality, certified signs as First Call Signs, but will allow all of your signage needs to be catered for under one roof. Don’t you worry, all our prices, lead times and benefits are still the same.

To offer an extra helping hand Stocksigns Construction has created a selection of Sign Packs. The packs are a quick easy and cost-effective way of ensuring you all have the signs needed for a safe construction site. Whether you are in need of a basic starter pack, traffic management signs, or a full suite of health and safety signs, our packs have been carefully selected to suit any construction site and also help meet safety regulations.

All our Stocksigns Construction signs are fully compliant, whether you are a health and safety manager, construction site manager, or a contractor, everyone has a duty of care to ensure pertinent and correct signage is put in place where legally required.

The perks of working with Stocksigns

  • Do you need your Company Logo on your signs? Our vast range includes a FREE LOGO PRINT. Our temporary signs are built to last.
  • Our range includes everything you need for a construction site, from printed site hoarding to banners to corporate branded signs we have you covered.
  • No job is too big, no job is too small for us here at Stocksigns.
  • We are experienced; we have been manufacturing high-quality safety signs since 1955. 
  • We believe that your customer experience should be as pain-free and streamlined as possible, making this merge a great way to provide a better service and shopping experience.

 

We are your Personal Signage Experts

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Our Quality Journey

18 months ago, the team at Stocksigns were delighted to announce their Silver Construction Line membership which was very quickly followed up with a Gold membership. The membership is “an increased level of scrutiny and assurance”, which has been achieved through numerous validations assessments for our environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence, anti-bribery and corruption policies.

7 months ago, we added a new accreditation to our wall of fame from RISQS, Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme, which “features a smarter, quicker, easier platform and enhanced audit services, providing the industry with supplier assurance fit for the future.”

Today, Stocksigns are delighted to share with you our latest news, we have not one, not two but three new ISO accreditations.

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Triple ISO Certification, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 9001:2015

ISO Standards are a key part of our business to ensure our quality and safety, in both our products and services are maintained and always improved. The three new standards now under Stocksigns’ belt are;
– ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
– ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety
– ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for managing your business in a quality way. It’s relevant to and can be adopted by, any organisation in any business sector, regardless of whether you provide a service or product.

The benefits of implementing ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 is to discover and gain control of hazards resulting from the running of our business. It will help us demonstrate legal compliance, improve our safety culture, discover and control the effects our company has on the environment.

Stocksigns is dedicated to providing the highest quality product and service to every customer, for every project. That is why the business undergoes frequent assessments and audits for all the vital accreditations and memberships which allow us to stay on course to be one of the UK’s highest quality signage providers.

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A sign of the times for 2020

The ‘Men at Work’ sign has been scrapped in a watershed moment! At Stocksigns we are replacing the word ‘Men’ with ‘Workers’ for 2020/21.

 We are hoping that the updated signs will help to raise awareness and consciousness that men and women are both very much included in the construction industry.

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Women In Construction

Most people know that Waterloo Bridge has the finest views of London at ground level, but what a lot of people don’t know is that it is also nicknamed the ‘Ladies Bridge’. Why?

Waterloo Bridge needed to be rebuilt during WWll, because most men of fighting age were away with the war effort, which meant that they were in short supply. Women to the rescue! Women got the chance to prove that they are every bit as capable as men and Waterloo Bridge was predominately rebuilt by women.

After digging around on the internet, I found some wonderful photos of women in action rebuilding Waterloo Bridge. 

Waterloo Bridge was constructed by around 350 women during WWll. Millions of people walk across London Bridge (Thousands daily) but I wonder how many know the huge role women played in building the bridge?

Image source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/women-waterloo-bridge

Thanks to a historian for remembering and reminding us of the women’s role in the construction of the bridge, which has now been officially recognised. 

 

Waterloo Bridge AKA The Ladies Bridge.

For more information about this historic topic, you can click here.

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It just goes to show that women have been involved in critical construction for a long time!

With WWll in mind fast forward to 2020, women working in construction is on the increase! According to ‘Go Construct’ women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs.

Misconceptions about gender-specific roles are gradually diminishing with the growing number of women choosing a career in construction.

Last year some of us were fortunate enough to meet Katie Kelleher, a crane operator who has worked on some of the biggest infrastructure projects in London, at the Kent Construction Expo our Andy even got a picture with her, he is quite the fan! Katie had been named in the top 15 ones to watch in the Construction News 2019 for her support to get more young women into the industry through apprenticeships.

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Surrey 3 Peaks Challenge

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We had high hopes of jetting off to Slovenia this summer and climbing mount Triglav. Then COVID-19 came like a bat out of hell and turned the world upside down.

We want to kill the virus, but not the good fundraising vibes. So, we have put our plans for Slovenia on hold until next year.

Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity of raising money for Charity we had our very own Captain Cload (he got his name for his leadership skills on the Dingle Dash Challenge last year) come up with a gruelling local challenge for us and friends like Ropsa and more who are close to the Stocksigns group

Our event for 2020 is the Stocksigns Surrey 3 Peaks Challenge.

The route for this year, although this is a scaled-down event, it will by no means be a walk in the park. We will be walking for 24 miles taking in some amazing scenery across the three Surrey peaks and ascending a total 3342ft elevation in the same prominence as Mt Snowdon (Wales highest mountain), but it is the length that will make this a tough challenge even for a seasoned walker.

Our Wednesday walk and talk training sessions have started up again. Socially distanced of course! Some of us have been struggling with the hills (mainly myself) must be all the banana bread and cake baking throughout lockdown. Whilst other team members have been battling it out for King and Queen of the mountain on those Strava segments. Some have never been into walking and couldn’t imagine walking more than six miles have been smashing it and have a new found love for it. We have had blisters, chafing and tears (happy ones may I add) the team have had one sweaty summer of scorching training walks.

We will again split the fundraising between two charities, firstly is our charity partner, Ropsa for their brighter beginning campaign informs people and tries to prevent accidents involving young children.

We also thought it would be a great idea to donate to the NHS Charities Together. As the National membership for the NHS Charites, they represent champion and support for work of more than 140 member charities. These NHS Charites give over 1 million every day to the NHS enhancing patient experience and care.

We are all facing challenges through this tough time of Coronavirus, we would welcome any support/donation you may be able to give https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Stocksigns .

Our aim this is year is to raise £3342 the same total as our elevation for the walk.

Follow the team’s  progress on twitter with #TeamStocksigns

COVID-19 coronavirus Signs from Stocksigns Ltd

Essential signs for your Coronavirus Measures

Signage expert Stocksigns Ltd. has launched a new range of COVID-19 hygiene and social distancing signs suitable for use in all working environments and available with bespoke branding.

The range includes social distancing floor and wall vinyls to help ensure effective social distancing and enforce one way systems in and around workplaces, retail spaces or any environment where social distancing measures are required.

The high quality range also features specific coronavirus hygiene signs that can be used to provide vital health and safety information to employees or customers and advice on the appropriate hygiene measures to take. These include signs with cleaning equipment, sanitising and hand washing advice as well as ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ signs.

Finally, traffic signs for roads and pathways are also available to aid social distancing in exterior environments and assist with vehicular traffic control where necessary.

All Stocksign’s products are made at its factory in the UK so customised text, branding and colour schemes can be added to signage easily on request.

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Health and safety signage is more important now than ever before. At Stocksigns we can provide everything you need to make your workplace safe for staff to return and operate social distancing and hygiene measures effectively.

Our friendly signage experts are also on hand to provide technical support and assist with every step of the specification and design process. They can help to create bespoke products to suit any requirement and ensure your company’s branding is maintained throughout.

RISQS – New Accreditation for Stocksigns Ltd

The team at Stocksigns Ltd are dedicated to providing the highest quality service and products. To achieve this high quality we undergo frequent assessments and audits for all the vital accreditations and memberships which allow us to stay on course to be one of the UK’s highest quality signage providers. 

The latest accreditation to put under our belts is RISQS, Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme which “features a smarter, quicker, easier platform and enhanced audit services, providing the industry with supplier assurance fit for the future.”

As a qualified member of RISQS, we are able to provide some extra assurance to our \current and potential customers of the quality of our work.

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Mental health tips from the Lucy Rayner Foundation for Stocksigns Ltd

COVID-19: 10 Top Tips from The Lucy Rayner Foundation looking after your mental health

In these unprecedented times, our lives have changed almost in an instant. We all handle change differently; some of us will find it easy to keep our minds and bodies busy, others will not.

Our current ‘normal’ is one where we are no longer able to sit in a full office and laugh with our colleagues, visit our family for a Sunday roast or relax in a pub garden with friends in the sunshine. Instead some of us will lose a loved one, some of us will beat coronavirus and some will not.

When it is so difficult to find the positives in life we need to be kind to each other now more than ever whilst also focusing ourselves at the same time.

Our grandparents are now learning to face time, our children are painting the walls and many of us are now professional banana bread bakers!

We are in this together, and we will get through this. In the meantime, our friends at The Lucy Rayner Foundation have shared their 10 Top Tips in keeping our mental health well during these difficult times.

Mental health tips from the Lucy Rayner Foundation for Stocksigns Ltd

1.Seek accurate information about the Coronavirus

2. Set limits to how much COVID-19 news you are exposed to

3. Get yourself a daily routine

4. Look after yourself

5. Reach out to others and support those around you

6. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking

7. Acknowledge your feelings

8. Do things you enjoy

9. Keep your mind active

10. Ask for professional help

1.

Seek accurate information about the Coronavirus


Concerns about the Coronavirus is perfectly normal but make sure that the information you are getting is coming from a reliable source.

Sources like the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Commission and from the Prime Ministers daily briefing.

2.

Set limits about the new surrounding Covid19


Try to limit the time you spend watching or listening to the news on COVID-19.

This includes social media and breaking news alerts on your phone.

3.

Get yourself into a daily routine


Being in lockdown life, it is very uncertain and there is going to be some disruption to your normal daily routines. It might be helpful to plan your day or your week ahead, especially if you are working from home or if you have children.

Plan your day to be as normal as it used to be including your wake up and sleep schedules. New daily plans can include e.g. working hours, cleaning times, workout times, watching TV and meal times.

4.

Look after yourself


Take some time to relax, practise mindfulness – this can help to release any difficult emotions or worries that are building up.
Eat well and on a regular basis. Make sure you are getting enough exercise and sleep.

5.

Reach out to others and support people around you


Take some time to relax, practise mindfulness – this can help to release any difficult emotions or worries that are building up.
Eat well and on a regular basis. Make sure you are getting enough exercise and sleep.

6.

Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking


Try and focus on things that are positive in your life. Listen to positive messages, podcasts and motivational speakers.

Keep away from anything that you feel is negative for your mental health.

7.

Acknowledge your feelings


It is import to acknowledge how you are feeling in these uncertain times to yourself and to others. Try to focus on things that you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to, where you get your information from

It’s good to acknowledge that things are outside of your control and if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed – this is normal. If you feel that your anxiety is too overwhelming you can try some relaxing techniques such as mediation, listening to calming or uplifting music, cooking, gardening, or exercise.

This is a good time to experiment and find things that can work for you to reduce stress and anxiety.

8.

Do things that you enjoy doing


If you are feeling worried, anxious, lonely, or depressed do more of the things that you enjoy and make you happy.

Make an effort to focus on doing more things that you enjoy that. Hobbies, such as baking, gardening, sewing. Why not learn something new, something that you have always wanted to do but never have the time. There are lots of free tutorial and courses online if you wanted to explore on the internet.

9.

Keep Your Mind Active


If you have an active mind and tend to overthink there are a few things you can do to engage your mind.

Read a book,  write in our journals, create poems, play games with the family, do puzzles,  draw or paint. Find whatever it is that works for you.

10.

Ask for professional help


If you are still struggling with self-isolation and you have followed all the steps 1 – 9 and you are still feeling low you may need to consider professional help. You may need to consider reaching out to a helpline or a professional counsellor or support from a friend.

Health & Safety Refresher: PPE Signage

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a vital part of working on a construction site, quarry, or in a potentially hazardous area. Even though the cause of the issue and preventing if necessary takes priority, if there is even a slight risk of injury or damage to health on a site, workers must be informed about the importance of PPE and when to use it.

 

PPE signage can be crucial to ensuring that workers are protected from falling objects, slips and hazardous chemicals. Signage can simply remind the necessary people to consider PPE if there is any risk to their health onsite. Not only can lack of protection equipment increase risk dramatically and potentially cause injury, but it can also create a lot of legal issues for the business owner/responsible person.

 

With Christmas and New Years having passed, it can be easy to slip back into bad habits during January. However, this can also be a great opportunity to refresh your health and safety and start the new year on the right foot. This can help to minimise risk and potential stress later in the year. Particularly during the remaining cold winter months, it’s very important to provide as safe a working environment for employees as you can, meaning safety signage is essential. Below are some examples of Stocksigns’ wide range of PPE signage:

 

  • Site Safety Boards

These are a great way to contain all of your PPE rules/instructions in one place. This  makes it more convenient for site users and easier to enforce safety. Site Safety Boards can include warning, hazard, prohibition and PPE signs.

  • Regulations Signs

This can be a great reminder to both site users and the public of the legal ramifications of not using the correct PPE and taking the necessary steps to stay safe onsite.

  • Photoluminescent Signs

Sometimes, conditions or lighting onsite can be poor, meaning you’ll need a sign with its own light source. Photoluminescent material will charge in ambient light, and glow whenever visibility is poor. This keeps the sign visible at all times to maximise safety.

  • Prohibition PPE Signs

These can help to stop anyone entering site who is not wearing the correct PPE. Additionally they can act as a reminder for site users to check their equipment

 

Stocksigns offer a wide range of PPE signs to help you protect yourself, and others onsite. You can check out the range here. If you’d prefer to have a browse of our products, you can view the shop here.

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Fire Safety Blog

Health & Safety Refresher: Fire Safety

With new laws regarding fire safety in consultation this year, it’s very important now more than ever to ensure your safety signage is clear and consistent around your premises.

If you are in any way responsible for a business or commercial property, you must display the required signage to ensure employees and/or customers are safe and meet safety standards, as well as:

 

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • Tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
  • Put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • Plan for an emergency
  • Provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

 

One of the best ways to make sure that your signs are clear in all conditions, is to opt for photoluminescent. Photoluminescent signs will self-charge in ambient light, meaning that if there is a power failure or conditions mean visibility is poor, these signs will illuminate, creating a clear guide to the nearest exit in an emergency, as well as any extinguishers, alarms and more.

As well as clear and concise signage, ensuring that employees are aware of the correct procedures and locations of aid in the event of a fire is incredibly important. Fire notice boards and action notices can be a huge help with this, as well as fire assembly point indicators. These can all contribute to minimising panic during a fire and maintaining an organised and calm manor which is vital during an emergency.

To read a great article about the laws and legislations of fire safety signage and what each sign means, click here.

At Stocksigns, we can provide a comprehensive range of fire safety signs, notices and packs – and all can be printed on photoluminescent material. Check out our range here.

 

References:
https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities

Did you know?

In 2018/19 there were 15,005 commercial fire incidents in England.

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Andy Norman and Josh Lyne at South East Construction

South East Construction Expo Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Tips for a Safe Construction Site

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

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

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

Stocksigns’ 5 Top Tips for a Safe Site

1. Every worker needs all the necessary training

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

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

2. Use signage to highlight every danger on site

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

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

3. Clear communication is key

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

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

Do you need some help with your safety signs?

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

4. Appropriate and well maintained equipment

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

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

5. Ensure employees and visitors have all the correct PPE

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

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

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Over £5,700 Raised! Dingle Dash Completed

Dingle Dash Banner Charity

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

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

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

Day 1

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

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

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

Day 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

A big thank you to our sponsors

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

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

The Support Team
Pete and Nigel

Dingle Dash RoSPA St Catherine's

This Year’s Challenge : The Dingle Dash

Dingle Dash Banner Stocksigns St Catherine's Hospice and RoSPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RoSPA Logo

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

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

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

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

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

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Constructionline Gold Member

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

We are Gold Constructionline Members

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

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

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

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Danger Slippery Surface A Board Sign

Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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