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Regulation 158

Regulation 158: Interpretation for Chapter 1 as amended by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application)(Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 732 of 2007) defines the following safety signs at places of work:

  • Information Sign means a sign providing information other than that referred to in prohibition, warning, mandatory or emergency escape or first-aid signs;
  • Emergency escape or first-aid sign means a sign giving information on emergency exits or first-aid or rescue facilities;
  • Prohibition sign means a sign prohibiting behaviour likely to incur or cause danger;
  • Mandatory sign means a sign requiring specific behaviour;
  • Safety or health signs means signs referring to a specific object, activity or situation and providing information or instructions about safety, health, or both, at work by means of a signboard, a colour, an illuminated sign, an acoustic signal, a verbal communication or a hand signal;
  • Signboard means a sign which provides specific information or instructions by a combination of a geometric shape, colours and a symbol or pictogram, without written words, which is rendered visible by lighting of sufficient intensity;
  • Supplementary Signboard means a signboard used together with one of the signs covered by the definition of “signboard” and which gives supplementary information, including, where appropriate, information in writing;
  • Symbol or Pictogram means a figure which describes a situation or requires specific behaviour and which is used on a signboard or illuminated surface;
  • Warning Sign means a sign giving warning of a hazard or risk;
  • Illuminated Sign means a sign produced by a device made of transparent or translucent materials which are illuminated from the inside or the rear in such a way as to give the appearance of a luminous surface;
  • Hand Signal means a movement, position, or both, of the arm, hands, or both, in coded form, for guiding persons who are carrying out manoeuvres which constitute a hazard or danger for persons at work;
  • Acoustic Signal means a coded sound signal which is released and transmitted by a device designed for that purpose, without the use of a human or artificial voice;
  • Safety Colour means a colour to which a specific meaning is assigned;
  • Verbal Communication means a predetermined spoken message communicated by a human or artificial voice.