All About First Aid Signs
All first aid signs are designed on a green background as this denotes a safe condition sign, which conforms with British Standard (BS5499), which is in line with the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulation 1996 and is about maintaining a safe environment. The standard first aid symbol for first aid is a white cross and this is standardised throughout EU member states to ensure first aid signs provide the same message wherever witnessed.
As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office, should have a first aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first aid arrangements such as calling the emergency services if necessary. Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need a trained first-aider.
Employers must provide information about first aid arrangements to their employees and displaying first aid signs helps in this process. Below are listed several examples of first aid signs you may need and where they should be placed:
First Aid Sign
This first aid sign would normally be positioned near to where the first aid facilities are kept for e.g. if the first aid kit is kept in a cupboard you would normally find this first aid sign positioned on the cupboard door and it is a sign to basically notify people of where the first aid kit is kept.
First Aid Sign for a First Aid Box
This is a first aid sign that would be used to label a box which the first aid facilities are housed in or it also can be positioned near the box for e.g. on the edge of a shelf where the box is kept. This first aid sign is to basically notify people of the container that the first aid facilities are kept in.
First Aid Sign for First Aid Room
This first aid sign would normally be positioned on a door to a specific room set aside to administer first aid, whether it be to the general public or employees. This informs people of where the first aid room can be found. All the first aid facilities would also be kept in this room with a hospital bed available for patients to lie down. Emergency resuscitation equipment would also be kept in this room in case of emergencies.
First Aid Sign to show Location of Departmental First Aid
This first aid sign would normally be positioned on a door, wall or noticeboard where it is clearly visible as the point of the sign is to inform people of where the departmental first aider or first aid facilities can be found.
The white space on the first aid sign enables a person to write in what they want to meet their own environmental needs using a dry eraser marker as this can easily be wiped off with a dry kitchen towel. This type of first aid sign is ideal if for e.g. the name of the designated first aider/or location changes every day. They are also useful if a large quantity of first aid signs are required for a large building and different locations/names need to be written on each one.
If the name of the first aider or places where the first aider or the first aid facilities can be found are permanent then either pre-printed labels can be printed or black vinyl lettering can be applied to the blank spaces. Please email your requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a quote.
Choosing the right size
The first aid sign with the first aid symbol is available in two different sizes and the size of the sign should be considered in comparison to the size of the room or area where the first aid signs will be displayed as they need to be clearly visible.
Choosing the right material
Most of the first aid signs are available in self-adhesive vinyl and 1mm rigid pvc. Self adhesive first aid signs are normally applied to hard, smooth surfaces. 1mm rigid pvc first aid signs are more versatile with regards to the type of surfaces they can be fixed to. They are normally secured to surfaces by double sided sticky tape but they can also be secured by tie tags and are sturdy enough for small holes to be drilled in the corners. These holes can be pre-drilled for you on request.
For larger first aid signs we would definitely recommend 1mm rigid pvc as these are more visual and look more professional and it can be tricky to apply large self-adhesive signs so that they sit straight on the surface.