From this April, all UK workplaces need to renew their Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Law posters. Since 1999, all organisations have been requested to display the poster in a prominent position and part of as part of the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER). The new simplified version of the Health and Safety Law poster tells workers what they and their employers need to do in simple terms, using numbered lists of basic points and photos. This design has been available since 2009 but from the 5th of April 2014, all work places will have to have the new poster. Lee Wright of Slinsgby explains,” The old Health & Safety law poster is a familiar sight but it’s visually unappealing with too much small text and despite it being easily recognisable to millions of people; very few have ever read it. The new poster is designed to be easy to digest, with less text and it contains colour images, which immediately make it more eye catching. Some other practical changes have also come into place on the poster. Although before posters needed to have the contact details of the HSE’s Employment Medical Advisory Service and the local enforcing authority filled in by hand and, the law has been changed and instead there’s a helpline that employees can call with any queries.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.