You may remember back in 2009 when the government issued an updated version of the Health and Safety poster that is required to display in all workplaces. There was a 5 year transition period provided then for companies to update the poster – a date that is now right around the corner.
This means you are required by UK law to update your Health and Safety in the workplace poster before the 5th April 2014 in order to comply with UK Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER).
The Health and Safety poster was updated to make it more visually appealing and easier for employees to read and understand. It also reflects some of the changes made since the original version debuted in 1999 – updates that can also help reduce the administration costs to the employer of keeping the information up to date.
It contains a simple list of basic points that explains what both workers and employers need to do to comply with safety regulations. Make sure you know what your obligations are!
The requirement for employers is to display a poster in an area that is accessible for all employees, or alternatively provide a pocket sized version that can be distributed to employees individually. This is something that you should already be adhering to, but you need to make sure that the new updated poster is being used before the 5th April 2014 if you aren’t already using it.
New Health and Safety posters are available from the HSE website in a variety of poster or pocket friendly sizes. They can also be purchased from a reputable re-seller of health and safety posters and signs, including OfficeTeam.