358. Information held by public authorities including the Health and Safety Executive.

The Freedom of Information Act 20001 and the Environmental Information Regulations 20042 contain statutory rights of access to information held by public authorities, including the Health and Safety Executive3.

It is important for an organisation to know what happens when the Executive receives requests for information which was supplied to it by that organisation, for example in compliance with a licensing regime, as a result of the inspectors' statutory powers usually in the course of an investigation or inspection4, or in compliance with a statutory requirement5.

Both the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 place a