Flammable Signs

Accidents involving flammable materials can be costly and deadly, especially where compressed gas and highly flammable liquids are involved. We offer a range of industry-recognised and internationally accepted flammable signs along with more general fire safety signs. Our range of hazard safety signs can be created in a range of sizes and materials to fit any situation. By using our flammable signs and fire safety signs, you can rest assured that you will be complying with the regulations and reducing the chances of a workplace accident. Read more about flammable signs

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What are flammable signs?

Flammable signs are a type of warning sign and highlight the presence of a flammable gas or liquid. Flammable means the substance can be easily set on fire if exposed to a source of ignition. This can range from spirits and fuel, to paper and wood, which means all workplaces are at risk to varying extents. Visit our resource centre to read more about the most common workplace hazards in the UK. Where there is a flammable substance, you must ensure a flammable symbol is used to help identify it. This is stipulated under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).


Where should flammable signs be located?

Flammable signs should be located on the container of any flammable substance. For example, if your business works with propane, a flammable gas symbol should be kept on individual containers, as well as in a highly visible place in the area where the flammable gas is stored. Depending on the type of substance, you may instead need to use an explosive sign or oxidising symbol, which highlights a substance that can exothermically react with other chemicals, meaning it can ignite without a naked flame. These substances are extremely volatile and must be handled with extreme care. To learn more, read our guide to flammable, combustible and inflammable materials.


Are flammable signs required by law?

Yes, flammable signs are required by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) regulations (1996), Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations (COSHH) and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 (RRFSO). The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) regulations state that, where there is a flammable risk present, employers are required to provide adequate safety signage to inform workers and visitors of the risk. COSHH, on the other hand, highlights the need for flammable hazard symbols to be placed on the containers of flammable substances to ensure employees and visitors are helped to identify the risks. Over in our resource centre, we offer a complete guide to COSHH symbols. Lastly, the RRFSO requires the responsible person of a premises to conduct a fire risk assessment to identify all fire risks, including flammable substances, and take appropriate actions to remove, minimise or signpost each risk.