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New HSE poster must be up soon!

by Brian Sims

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.

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