Dealing with dawn raids by the Health and Safety Executive
Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP
Dealing with dawn raids by the Health and Safety Executive

The following Risk & Compliance practice note produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with dawn raids by the Health and Safety Executive
  • What is the HSE?
  • Main reasons for an HSE raid
  • Powers
  • Execution of a warrant
  • Penalties
  • Further information

What is the HSE?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national regulator for work-related health and safety in Great Britain. Its mission is to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces. The HSE uses a variety of methods to achieve its aims, including permissioning and licensing regimes, inspections and investigations.

Main reasons for an HSE raid

HSE inspectors have a wide range of powers of investigation into incidents of non-compliance with health and safety laws.

HSE investigates industrial accidents, small and large. The HSE states that it is guided by its own Enforcement Policy Statement, which reflects the principles of the Code for Crown Prosecutors as well as what law-abiding businesses and workers in general society expect of it.

Powers

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) m

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