Health and safety

Regulation and enforcement

We are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations in:

  • offices
  • shops
  • warehouses
  • restaurants
  • pubs
  • clubs
  • leisure premises
  • care homes
  • private nurseries

We carry out regular inspections; investigate work place accidents and complaints about health and safety issues. If you are concerned about health and safety, contact us, and we will investigate.

The Health and Safety Executive are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations at:

  • factories
  • building sites
  • schools and colleges
  • fairgrounds
  • gas, electricity and water systems
  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • central and local government premises

Enforcement policy

Our health and safety enforcement policy explains how we take enforcement action:

Public information

Certain information relating to enforcement action is available to the public. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) maintains online databases for

We also keep a public register of all health and safety enforcement notices which were served for issues relating to persons other than just employees.

Requests for information relating to any ongoing criminal investigations are likely to be refused.

Prior to taking enforcement action we have to refer to the following HSE guidance:

We are committed to the principles of the Regulators Code and have an Enforcement Policy which sets out our approach to all enforcement work.

If you believe that any advice or enforcement we have given is incorrect then you should contact the inspecting officer.

The HSE also operates an independent Regulatory Challenge Panel who can be contacted should you remain unhappy after discussing the issue with us.

rating button