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Health and Safety Information for Employees

Health and Safety Poster
Are you displaying the current version of the Health and Safey poster
You are required by law to either display a copy of the Health and Safety Law Poster at your premises in a position in which it can be viewed by all employees or to alternatively provide each employee with a copy of the corresponding leaflet or pocket card.

This information basically spells out three different things:
  • What the employer’s responsibilities are in achieving and maintaining a safe place of work
  • What role the individual employees must play in supporting the employer so that this can be achieved
  • What action can be taken by employees in a workplace where they have concerns for their health and safety but the employer is not receptive regarding reasonable action to address such concerns

This leaflet has changed format over the years yet I still sometimes see copies on display which are very out of date indeed.

Phil Wass
Phil Wass is a Chartered Safety and Health practitioner and has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety. He is Managing Director of Wass Management Limited who specialise in all aspects of health and safety training, advice and guidance. Phil is an advisor to the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association and understands the needs of the industry. He regularly carries out work for MVDA members.

If you have any health and safety issues, visit Wass Management Limited, email Phil or you can contact him on 01773 541441
I also regularly see copies that are current and on display but which have no information entered in the blank boxes provided with regards to that particular company’s local enforcing authority.

So, in this article I aim to ensure that you are all aware of what you need to be doing in respect of this important element of health and safety legal compliance and that you know how to access the resources you need to do it.

The re-design of this poster over the years has been to try and make it more appealing to the eye and therefore more likely to be read. Earlier versions were certainly very unappealing to the eye indeed!

Another reason for changes to the format has been to update information which is now incorrect on older versions – such as details of any HSE information line (a service which has been discontinued for some time now).

I would strongly advise all readers to access these resources (posters, leaflets and cards) directly from the HSE website – all kinds of other commercial companies will be out there offering to sell you these but unfortunately often at inflated prices. Another reason for buying direct from the HSE is to ensure that you do get an ‘authentic’ product. Many ‘rip off’ imitations will be in circulation however each copy from the HSE has a uniquely numbered hologram in the bottom right hand corner – if you are offered one that does not have this then do not buy it. For any companies who may have employees with literacy issues there is even a version available from the HSE in a ‘talking’ format.

Now I said earlier that I often see versions with blank boxes – which have not been filled in. Well the great news when you acquire the up to date version is that this you are no longer faced with blank spaces in which you must enter details of your local enforcing authority - instead readers of the poster are directed to the HSE website to locate their nearest enforcement office address.

If it isn't already, the new up to date version of this information should have been on display at your premises from 5th April 2014.

All of the resources I have referred to can be accessed for purchase (or download in some cases) at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm

September 2014

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