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News - 2 April 2014

New Health and Safety Law poster

The 2009 Health and safety law poster officially became a legal requirement on 5 April 2014, replacing the old 1999 version

Mike Twomey, Health & Safety officer for ABDS comments:
“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 is available as a free download from the HSE web site.”

Research showed that the 1999 versions of the law poster and law leaflet were visually unappealing and rarely read. They were redesigned to be more readable and engaging. The poster and leaflet are available in a range of formats as part of our commitment to make health and safety information more accessible.

The 2009 poster and leaflet also reflect changes in the law to reduce the administrative cost to employers of having to provide additional written information on the poster or with the leaflet, and having to keep this information up to date.

Unlike the 1999 poster and leaflet, 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.

For those who are looking for a more personal approach on a range of business related issues, contact us at ABDS.

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