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(2) Offences and powers of enforcing authorities

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(2) Offences and powers of enforcing authorities

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(2)     Offences and powers of enforcing authorities

The enforcement of what are defined collectively as 'the relevant requirements' is the responsibility of five authorities, each within its own area of responsibility (WTR SI 1998/1833 reg 28(2)–(6)). The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities have the same spheres of responsibility for enforcement as each has for enforcing the generality of health and safety legislation. Broadly, the HSE is responsible for factories, building sites, chemical plants, fairgrounds, farms, hospitals, mines, nuclear installations, quarries and schools, whilst local authorities are responsible for offices, retail premises, hotels and catering, sports, leisure and consumer services. Specific responsibilities for air, road and rail transport are given respectively to the Civil Aviation Authority, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA, the successor from 1 April 2014 to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and the Office of Rail and Road (formerly the Office of the Rail Regulator).

For the purpose of carrying out their responsibilities, the various authorities are given the power under WTR SI 1998/1833 Sch 3 to appoint inspectors, who have essentially the same powers of entry, inspection, and to require the

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