A Health and Safety Reminder

It is something you should come across in one form or another in every work place – the health and safety law poster.

The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) require all employers to display the approved poster in a prominent position in the work place by law. Failure to do so is a breach of their duty of care. Alternatively they are able to provide each worker with a smaller copy of the poster in a leaflet form.

This poster highlights British health and safety laws and puts the legal obligations of employers and employees in simple terms – so that everybody is working on the same health and safety page. There is also the option to include any details of employee safety representatives or contacts if you wish to do so.

There have been some changes to the health and safety poster, and the one published in 1999 is now out-of-date following a new poster released in 2009. The HSE gave organisations time to switch their posters over and the 1999 version can still be displayed until 5 April 2014.

The law poster was changed following research which showed that the 1999 versions of the posters and leaflets were deemed to be ‘visually unappealing’ and ‘rarely read’. For this reason, the HSE recommended a redesign to ensure that the posters were readable and engaging to members of staff. They are now readily available in a number of different formats, in the hope that there will be increased accessibility a higher level of engagement from employees.

Further details about the health and safety poster can be found on the HSE site: http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/lawposter.htm.

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