Sign Legislation

ISO: 7010

The International Organisation for Standardization is a worldwide federation of more than 164 member countries.  In 2001 the ISO were tasked with standardizing graphical symbols, safety colours and safety signs.  The thinking behind this was the continued growth in travel, international trade and mobility of labour.  ISO decided that a common method of communicating safety information was needed that relies as little as possible on the use of words to achieve understanding.  ISO 7010 was created as a result of this process.  The organisation agreed on a set of graphical symbols for giving information when written words are not adequate.  International Standards developed by ISO provide people all over the world with a coherent set of graphical symbols to overcome language and other barriers.  Until now ISO 7010 has been a 'best practice recommendation' and so in the United Kingdom we continued to use BS 5499.  This is set to change when the ISO 7010 will become European Law that the United Kingdom and other member states will need to adopt.  The Legislation when changed will become a European Narrative and change its name to EN 7010.  The law states that it is still legal to display the old BS 5499 but you cannot mix the old standard with the new EN 7010.

The CLP Regulation (Hazard Diamonds)

European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures came into force in 2009 to all EU member states.  It is known as the CLP Regulation.  The CLP adopts the United Nations 'Globally Harmonised System' on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European countries.  As a voluntary agreement rather than a law, it has to be adopted through a suitable national mechanism to ensure it becomes legally binding.  The existing legislation on classification labelling and packaging has been agreed at Euroean Union level and from 2015 will be directly applied on all EU member states, including the UK.


Traffic Sign Regulation and General Directions 2015

The new TSRGD are currently passing through Parliament any changes to the regulation and these will be updated within our stock.  The current road signs shown on this website conform to United Kingdom legislation at time of going to press.