Health & Safety Information for Employees Poster

The 1999 version of the Health and Safety – Information for Employees poster was replaced with the current 2009 version. To help avoid an unnecessary burden on businesses, the HSE Board set a five-year transition period for replacing the 1999 poster and leaflet, this period is about to expire and the 1999 poster or leaflet must be replaced with the 2009 poster or leaflet no later than 5 April 2014.

The 2009 poster and leaflet set out in simple terms, using numbered lists of basic points, what employers and workers must do, as well a showing what to do if there is a problem. Their appearance was completely redesigned to make them more readable and colourful. The 2009 poster does still have optional boxes where details of any worker health and safety representatives and other health and safety contacts can be added. It is not a legal requirement to include this information but it may be helpful to workers.

Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet that outlines British health and safety law.

Each copy of the 2009 poster incorporates a unique, serially numbered hologram in the bottom right corner. The security hologram is to help prevent mis-selling.

The Health and Safety Executive has produced a range of health and safety law products. There are various versions of the poster, so that you can select the most appropriate for your business, depending on where in the UK your business is based. Copies of the 2009 poster and leaflets can be obtained directly from HSE Books

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