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HSE consultation on the Health and Safety Law poster and leaflet

HSE is consulting on proposals for amending the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) 1989. You can see the proposals online at http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/condocs/cd218.htm.

What do the regulations currently require?

The regulations require employers to provide information to their employees relating to health safety and welfare at work, by displaying in the workplace a copy of the approved poster or alternatively by giving employees a copy of the approved leaflet.

In addition, as the law stands, employers must write on the poster the name and address of the health and safety enforcing authority, and the address of the local office of the Employment Medical Advisory Service. If an employer gives a leaflet to the employee then a written notice of these details also needs to be provided

What are the proposed changes?

The proposed amendments to the HSIER would allow HSE to approve and publish new posters and leaflets which do not require the addition or updating of information by businesses displaying them. This will reduce the administrative burden, whilst maintaining or improving employees’ access to useful information.

The proposed amendments would also permit employers to continue to display their existing posters or give out existing leaflets, providing they are readable and provide up-to-date information on contacting the enforcing authority and EMAS.

How to respond to this consultation

The consultation ends on 11 August 2008. Responses by email are welcome. Alternatively, you can complete the online questionnaire, or print the questionnaire and send it to HSE. Further details are on the consultation webpage.
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