Emergency instructions

What are emergency instructions

Calamity instructions or safety instructions are easy to understand information cards that show what should be done in case of an emergency. Emergency instructions give specific instructions on how to act in the event of a fire, evacuation or accident. They also show the important telephone numbers for the relevant emergency services.

In combination with evacuation plans, all relevant instructions from the safety plan are communicated. Integration in the evacuation plans is also possible when it concerns a very simple instruction.

“ Within the context of his responsibilities, the employer shall take the measures necessary for the safety and health protection of workers, including prevention of occupational risks and provision of information and training, as well as provision of the necessary organization and means” – European Directive 89/391/EEC, Article 6

Blomsma Signs & Safety designs and delivers emergency instructions

Why emergency instructions

Almost every country has legislation which requires that employees, visitors, suppliers are clearly informed in case of calamities. The instructions should also inform about desired behavior, actions and current telephone numbers of emergency services. This information is concisely displayed on an emergency instruction. Safety symbols to be displayed are designed in accordance with ISO 7010 and safety colors in accordance with ISO 3864. This allows the connection to be made with the safety signage system.

In Germany, for example, there is the DIN 14096 which describes the rules for the design and implementation of fire protection regulations. These fire safety regulations are tailored to the specific location and list rules for fire prevention and instructions on what to do in the event of a fire.

Blomsma Signs & Safety designs and delivers emergency instructions

Blomsma Signs & Safety also designs and supplies calamity instructions for the maritime market. Safety instruction bills must be placed on ships with a low-location lighting system. The safety instruction bills are placed in cabins and accommodation areas. These instructions provide information on evacuation, ship’s alarms, assigned lifeboats and an explanation of the low location lighting system.

“In all passenger cabins a placard explaining the LLL system should de installed on the inside of the cabin door. It should also have a diagram showing the location of, and the way to, the two closest exits with respect to the cabin” – IMO Resolution A.752(18) 4.6


Blomsma Signs & Safety designs and delivers emergency instructions

Planning of locations

Instruction cards are normally placed in close proximity to evacuation plans, but can also be repeated on their own as information in strategic locations, for example in separate areas such as meeting rooms and offices. It is also recommended to realize emergency instructions outside accommodations and buildings. After all, the information is also relevant to display and repeat in industrial plants and on sites. If the emergency instructions are applied to an industrial complex, even simplified situation diagrams can be integrated, showing for example the locations of the assembly points. This makes the instruction an even more valuable means of information and connection to the escape route signaling.

Our products and services

Blomsma Signs & Safety designs and supplies calamity instructions. Because an emergency card is preferably located in the vicinity of an evacuation plan, we strive for a uniform graphic design. In this way we create a calm design for maximum information transfer. If the instruction is concise, it can be integrated into the evacuation plan. In that case, a separate emergency instruction card is not required. Even if there is no safety signage system in place yet, we can create the calamity instructions in such a way that future expansions of safety signs and evacuation plans can easily be linked to them.

Blomsma Signs & Safety provides

  • Design, styling and drawing
  • (Strategic) planning and realisation
  • Emergency instructions
  • Safety Instruction Placards
  • Station Bills