Employers in GB have a requirement under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations SI 1989/682, and in Northern Ireland under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 1991/105, to display an approved health and safety law poster or provide each worker with a copy of the equivalent pocket card.

The poster outlines health and safety laws and includes a straightforward list that tells workers what they and their employers need to do. It must be displayed in a place where workers can easily read it. Details can also be added of any employee safety representatives or health and safety contacts if you wish to do so.

However, from 5 April 2014 in Great Britain and from 15 June 2014 in Northern Ireland, employers must display the 2009 version of the health and safety law poster, rather than the 1999 version.

Research showed that the 1999 versions of the law poster and law leaflet were visually unappealing and rarely read. They were redesigned to be more readable and engaging. The 2009 poster and leaflet also reflect changes in the law to reduce the administrative cost to employers of having to provide additional written information on the poster or with the leaflet, and having to keep this information up to date.

The health and safety laws poster for employers in:

  • Great Britain can be accessed here; and
  • Northern Ireland can be accessed here.