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The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 cover various means of communicating health and safety information, such as the use of illuminated signs, hand and acoustic signals (e.g. fire alarms), spoken communication and the marking of pipework containing dangerous substances.
Employers are required to provide specific safety signs whenever there is a risk that has not been avoided or controlled by other means; for example, by engineering controls and safe systems of work. Fire safety signs (i.e. signs for fire exits and fire-fighting equipment) are also covered by the Regulations.

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