HSE Law Poster
Employers are required by law to either display the HSE-approved law poster or to provide each of their workers with the equivalent leaflet. Failing to display the Health and Safety at Work Law Poster or to provide details to employees is an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It must be displayed on all business premises and greatly helps employees know the correct Health & Safety procedures.
If you employ anyone, you must display the health and safety law poster, or provide each worker with a copy of the equivalent pocket card. You must display the poster where your workers can easily read it.
Yes, the 1999 poster or leaflet must have been replaced with the 2009 poster or leaflet no later than 5 April 2014.
The 1999 Health & Safety law power was deemed visually unappealing and was barely read, so the government wanted to redesign it to be engaging for the people to read. It was also made in more formats to make it more accessible and reach a larger audience.
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.