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Graphical symbols and signs - Safety signs, including fire safety signs – Part 1: Specification for geometric shapes, colours and layout

Executive summary

Requirements for geometric shapes and safety colours for use with appropriate graphical symbols to produce safety signs.

Abstract

This British Standard, a part of the BS 5499 series, specifies a system of geometric shapes and safety colours for use with appropriate graphical symbols to produce safety signs. It is applicable to signs providing information on the actions to be taken to prevent, or reduce the risk of, accidents, for warning of hazards and for dealing with certain emergencies including the identification of escape routes and the location of fire equipment.

The standard also specifies the use of supplementary signs, including arrows, and the combination of signs.

Safety marking is also specified. Information for use in the selection of sign sizes, and preferred sizes of signboards are also given.

History and related standards

This British Standard supersedes BS 5499-1:1990, which is withdrawn.

It includes the following cross references:

BS 5378-2, BS 5499-4, BS 5499-5, BS 8501, ISO 6309, PD 6578.

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