5th April 2014 is a diary date..
Is your Health and Safety Law poster up to date? All employers have a legal duty to display the approved Health and Safety Law poster under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER). The first poster and leaflet were published in 1999, and in 2009 it was a replaced by a new one. The poster was replaced as it was thought that the original poster was not very eye catching andwas most likely not read that often. As you can see below, the new poster is much easier digest, more appealing, and more likely to be read by employees. The 2009 poster replaces the version which was published in April 1999. As well as a download, the 2009 leaflet is available in a more convenient format as a pocket card and replaces the leaflet published in April 1999.
How does this affect you?
All posters and leaflets must be replaced by the new 2009 version no later than 5th April 2014. The new version lists basic points outlining the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee, and advises what do if you have a problem. 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. There is still an area for company Health and Safety representative’s names to be added; it’s not compulsory, but would be useful for everyone to know. The name and address of the enforcing authority, and the address of the office of the HSE’s Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) need to be added. If you are unsure whether you are displaying the right poster, please visit the HSE website.
In addition to the new law poster, everyone should also ensure that they display a current HSE Electric Shock poster in relevant plant and switch rooms. If you have any questions regarding your existing posters or requirements, feel free to contact us at 020 3603 6466.