Under EC directive 92/58 it will be a criminal offence to display any sign reading ‘Fire Exit’, unless the design also carries a ‘Europictogram’ of a running man.
(Sunday Telegraph, Sunday, 20 December 1998, p16)
The differences between the safety and health signs currently used in the workplace can lead to uncertainty and confusion. This may become more widespread as more people choose to work in other European countries. The use of standardised signs in the workplace will in general help reduce the hazards which may arise through linguistic and cultural differences. Firms were given 18 months to introduce the changes.