Hi @Ian Jones
The BS EN7010 standard came into force around 2011 and for fire exit or fire escape route marking signage, which I think is what your member probably had an issue with, there are only very small differences between this and the old BS 5499 standard. The bottom of the running man's foot on the new standard has a radius, on the old signs it's square!
Did a building inspector really quibble about this?
As a manufacturer of fire signage (www.safetysignsupplies.co.uk
) we come across confusion about this all the time. There are in fact 3 standards & I wonder if this is what may have caused the issue?
1) The oldest is 92/58 EC
(Originally the European standard) - which no one should now be using! However some illuminated sign manufacturers were slow to change over - so you sometimes still see the "man running towards a fridge" style of these. Is this what the member company used??
2) BS5499 - the old UK standard largely adopted into the design of the EU replacement - some changes to the symbols like the mandatory PPE, safety glasses, hard hat, etc. I don't know of anyone making these since the EU standard brought welcome consistency across all the member states.
3) BS EN7010 the current, latest (7 years since adoption!) standard - with the 'radius foot running man' on fire exit signs...
Whilst I believe it's correct to say that all new fire signage should be consistent with the latest standard (in a new build for example) I don't think there's any requirement to replace existing, older standard, functional, well maintained signage with new ones.
So whilst reviewing your fire signage (and all your safety signs) a regular basis, as part of H&S and Fire risk assessments is a good practice, I don't think anyone would suggest tearing down existing signs to make sure the fire exit man has a radius on his foot, is a good idea!
Health and Safety Consultants, Building Inspectors - please now pile in and correct me if I'm wrong!