Look Out! ISO EN 7010 Comes Into Force at Safetyshop
Released on: January 18, 2011, 10:01 am
Safetyshop, the UK’s market leader in safety products, has
moved to reassure customers ahead of imminent changes to safety sign regulations.
In early 2011, the ISO 7010 standard will be officially updated as part of a move to
harmonise safety signage across the whole of Europe, and Safetyshop has revised its
catalogue of products in preparation.
ISO 7010 has been in force since late 2003, and covers safety signs used in
workplaces and a variety of other locations where people need to be informed about
safety matters. All of Safetyshop’s safety signs will comply to the latest ISO
standards (Amendments 1-6) and the range will be updated throughout the year as more
symbols are released by ISO. Signs for smoking, hard hats and fire assembly points
are all covered by the new standard, and can be found in private buildings and
public places across the UK.
Various amendments have been made to the standard in recent years and the latest
will see a number of changes to signage in order to ensure consistency across
Europe. Companies will notice some pictograms have only been very slightly altered
to conform to the new rules, while other changes are far more noticeable. All
changes however have been designed to make it simple for people of all European
nationalities to instantly recognise important safety messages.
Sara Banks, UK Product Manager at Safetyshop, said: “The new standard, ISO EN 7010,
has been devised to create consistent symbols, using new pictograms, which have been
judgement tested across various EU countries to ensure the symbols are universally
understood and recognised.
“We want all of our customers to be reassured, and know that when they buy a safety
sign through our online store, it will be up-to-date and comply fully with all of
the current guidelines.”
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Safetyshop became a trading division of Stockport-based Brady Corporation Ltd
following an acquisition in 2005. The company was established in 1970 and through
various acquisitions of its own, Safetyshop has gone on to become the leading safety
products manufacturer in the UK, producing a range of 18,000 products ranging from fire extinguishers to winter safety essentials such as grit bins and salt spreaders at its 34,000 square foot UK facility in Cheshire.
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