New Health and Safety Law Poster To Be Unveiled
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to roll out amendments to the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989 (HSIER).
The HSE have recently recommended to the Government proposals for amendments to the HSIER which crucially focuses on some changes to the Health and Safety Law Poster - a legal requirement in every work place in the UK, where there are five or more employees.
Following a period of consultation with the public, in which over 200 organisations were consulted, the plans to re-new the poster have been welcomed. The amendments will essentially make the poster easier for employees to use and understand. There will also be an updated leaflet to accompany the poster.
Although initially this will mean an expenditure for all businesses, as The Health and Safety Law Poster will need to be updated, the Executive’s impact assessment of the change to the new edition reveals that it will be of benefit to businesses in the long run with an estimated net reduction in costs of £10.7 million due to less administrative burdens.
According to sources, the new poster will be released in April 2009. Businesses will have five years to comply with the guidelines, but Carol Warren, Product Manager at Safetyshop.com, the UK’s leading provider of safety signs and workplace safety equipment, foresees an early demand for the product sooner saying. She commented; “When the Government introduces new legislation or policies, we normally see a rush for the products the policy effects. This will be no different”, Carol continued. “I imagine businesses will want to comply with regulations sooner rather than later.”
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