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Deadline approaches for new health & safety poster

From April all UK workplaces must display a new and updated Health & Safety Law Poster but many organisations are currently unaware that the new legislation is fast approaching, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

The company supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries and was one of the first to start selling the new poster in 2009. 

Workplaces have been required to display the current Health & Safety poster in a prominent position since 1999, as part of the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER).

However from 5 April 2014, all workplaces will need to have the newly designed poster in place. 

In addition a new pocket card has been produced to replace the Health & Safety leaflets that have to be circulated to employees based off-site.

Slinsgby marketing director Lee Wright said: “The old Health & Safety law poster is a familiar sight but it’s 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.  

“Another change is that employers are no longer required to write contact details for local enforcing authorities and Employment Medical Advisory Services on the new poster.  Instead there’s a helpline that employees can call with any queries.”  

Prices for the new Health & Safety Law Poster start at £7.50+VAT at www.slingsby.com.

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