Health and Safety Law Poster


Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet (available as a free download in alternative formats[1]) that outlines British health and safety law.

The 2009 poster replaces the version which was published in April 1999. As well as a download, the 2009 leaflet is available in a more convenient format as a pocket card and replaces the leaflet published in April 1999. These products can be purchased from HSE Books[3]

The 1999 versions of the approved poster and leaflet are no longer available for sale.

To help avoid an unnecessary burden on businesses, the HSE Board set a five-year transition period for replacing the 1999 poster and leaflet.

The 1999 poster or leaflet must be replaced with the 2009 poster or leaflet no later than 5 April 2014.

Note that employers will still be complying with the law if they continue to display the 1999 poster after 6 April 2009. However, where employers do keep the old poster, there will be a continuing duty, in the period up to April 2014, to keep the additional written information up to date.

The additional information that employers have to provide in writing, either by inserting this in the appropriate boxes on the 1999 poster or by giving it to workers with the 1999 leaflet, is:

  • the name and address of the enforcing authority; and
  • the address of the office of HSE's Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) for the premises concerned.

These addresses can be obtained by accessing:

Last Updated: 30 November 2017