The phasing out of the current ‘Health and Safety Law Poster’, which has been a familiar sight in every type of workplace across the UK for more than 10 years, is happening faster than expected with many organisations already choosing to display the brand new version.
Workplace equipment provider Slingsby is one of the first companies to start selling the new poster and is already being inundated with orders for it. The original poster was first published in April 1999 and all employers have a legal duty to either display the poster in a prominent position or provide employees with a copy of the equivalent leaflet outlining health and safety laws.
Lee Wright, marketing director of Slingsby, explains: "The first Health and Safety Law poster is easily recognisable but very few people ever read it so the new version has been designed to be more visually appealing and it contains a lot less information which makes it easier to read. Although the deadline to replace the old posters isn’t until the 5th April 2014, we’re already selling high volumes of the new design to all types of organisations.
"There are some advantages for employers that upgrade to the new posters now. These include no longer having to provide employees with the name and address of their enforcing authority along with details of the office of the HSE’s Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS), for the premises. Instead the new poster simply displays a helpline that employees can call with any queries."