This consultation ended on 11 August 2008
The HSIER 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.
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 (EMAS). If an employer gives a leaflet to the employee then a written notice of these details also needs to be provided.
The proposed amendments 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.
It 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.