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The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989

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These Regulations require information relating to health, safety and welfare to be furnished to employees by means of posters or leaflets in the form approved and published for the purposes of the Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive (regulations 3 and 4). A copy of the form of poster or leaflet so approved may be obtained from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

The Regulations also require the name and address of the enforcing authority and the address of the employment medical advisory service to be written in the appropriate space on the poster (regulation 5(1)); and where the leaflet is given the same information should be specified in a written notice accompanying it (regulation 5(3)).

The Regulations provide for the issue of certificates of exemption by the Health and Safety Executive (regulation 6), provide for a defence for contravention of the regulations (regulation 7) and repeal, revoke and modify various enactments and instruments relating to the provision of information to employees (regulation 8). The Regulations do not apply in relation to the master and crew of a sea going ship (regulation 2(4)).

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