Health and safety poster update warning

Legislation will come in from April requiring new health and safety law posters to be displayed in workplaces, but equipment supplier Slingsby said that many organisations were unaware of the deadline.

Workplaces have been required to display the current health and safety poster in a prominent position since 1999, as part of the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER). However workplaces will need a new one from 5 April this year, and Slingsby said they feared many companies will not be equipped in time.

Lee Wright, marketing director at Slinsgby, said: “The old health and safety law poster is a familiar sight, but it is 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.    

“We’ve been selling the updated poster since it was first unveiled, but we know from our regular site visits to businesses across all industries, that lots of organisations are still using the old poster and the majority of these are unaware that these changes are just a few months away, so there will be lots that miss the deadline.”

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