13th March 2014

INFORMATION

UPDATE

 Issue No.  2014/05

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HEALTH & SAFETY POSTER - ARE YOU UP TO DATE

Apologies if this is a duplication but a technical report suggests that some may not have been received so we thought better to send twice than not at all. 

The Health and Safety Poster is one of the must have features on office and factory walls up and down the UK, but have you recently checked that this is up to date?

As from 5th April 2014 the ‘old’ (1999) Health and Safety Law Poster needs to be replaced with the ‘new’ (2009) poster?

Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet which outlines British health and safety law.  In practice displaying the poster is by far the easiest option.

The 2009 poster reflects changes in the law and sets out in simple terms what employers and workers must do, as well as showing what to do if there is a problem.

Unlike the 1999 versions, the 2009 poster and leaflet do not require the employer to provide further information in writing (either on the poster or with the leaflet) giving workers the name and address of the enforcing authority and Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS). Instead, workers are advised to go to HSE's website to find relevant addresses.

The 2009 poster does still have optional boxes where details of any worker health and safety representatives and other health and safety contacts can be added. It is not a legal requirement to include this information but it may be helpful to workers. 

The Poster is available from HSE:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm  
or through major bookshops and of course, online.  From our searches prices range from £6.00/£7.00 for A3 to £14.00 for A2 sized options.


 

 

 

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