Dealing with the Health and Safety Executive
Produced in partnership with Philip Ryan of Shoosmiths
Dealing with the Health and Safety Executive

The following Risk & Compliance practice note produced in partnership with Philip Ryan of Shoosmiths provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with the Health and Safety Executive
  • What is the Health and Safety Executive?
  • Summary of objectives
  • Is there a system of random compliance checks/visits?
  • What is most likely to attract the HSE’s attention?
  • Dealing with the HSE
  • What’s the HSE's usual approach?
  • What will the HSE expect from you
  • Enforcement powers
  • How to respond if you find yourself on the wrong side of the HSE
  • More...

Dealing with the Health and Safety Executive

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Risk & Compliance?

What is the Health and Safety Executive?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national regulator for work-related health, safety and welfare. It acts in the public interest to prevent and reduce work-related death, injury and ill-health across Great Britain's workplaces.

There are other regulators who are able to prosecute offences relating to health and safety within specific environments, such as the Care Quality Commission, Local Authorities, the Office of Rail and Road, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. The HSE will also work with other regulators in cross over incidents such as environmental disasters, fatal accidents involving suspicions of manslaughter (the police investigate suspected homicide offences related to workplace accidents) and major fires/explosions.

Summary of objectives

The HSE's overall objectives and priorities are:

  1. leading and engaging those who

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