The Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 cover various means of communicating health and safety information. These include the use of illuminated signs, hand and acoustic signals (eg. fire alarms), spoken communication and the marking of pipework containing dangerous substances. These are in addition to traditional signboards such as prohibition and warning signs. Fire safety signs (i.e. signs for fire exits and fire fighting equipment) are also covered.
If a fire risk assessment determines that a fire alarm system is needed in a premises, it is a requirement under the Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations (1996) that all fire alarm warning systems are provided with a guaranteed emergency supply in the event of a power failure. This means that all fire alarm systems without battery backup (i.e. powered from the mains only) are no longer legal.
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