What signs do I need on a building site?

First of all, temporary signage will be dependent on the type of building site. For example, is the site “groundworks”, involve “civils” (heavier infrastructure), based around utilities or just plain residential / non-residential construction.

The reason for identifying the different types of construction is it will relate heavily to the temporary signage requirements and quantities eventually put in place on that particular site.

The 1996 and 2007 (updated) Health, Safety and Welfare regulations highlight what is required for “main construction”. To make it easier for the smaller builder to cover these elements, we will focus on what is generally considered the absolute minimum temporary signage expected on a construction site.

This constitutes the following 4 main signs :

Assembly Point sign – in case of an emergency there has to be a safe place to congregate;

  - normally produced as a larger sign so it is easily seen


Site Safety sign – covers first aid, PPE, courtesy/inconvenience, parents with children and visitors;

  - normally produced as a larger sign due to amount of text printed on it


No unauthorised access – there has to be a sign that informs people they shouldn’t be there;

 - produced as a smaller sign, but more than one is used to get the message across                                                                        


Danger Construction Site – Keep Out – a sign that highlights the site is dangerous and to stay away;

   - produced as a smaller sign, but several are scattered around the perimeter of the site


At First Call Signs we are able to help you decide on the additional signs you may require to complete your building site and keep it legislatively correct. One suggestion would be to purchase the Starter Packs and build your temporary signage around this, bearing in mind that not all building/construction sites will be the same, ultimately you could end up with different elements of signage at every site you will ever work on.

Call our Sales Team on Tel: 0800 652 6270 to find out about how we can provide basic temporary safety signage for your construction site.