It’s 40 years since the Health and Safety at Work Act received Royal Assent, providing a new regulatory framework for work place health and safety in Great Britain. This has helped make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, saving thousands of lives, preventing many more injuries at work and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures.
HSE role as a regulator
As a regulator, aim to prevent workplace death, injury or ill health.
What the HSE does
They achieve their role using a variety of methods to influence change and help people manage risks at work. These include:
- providing advice, information and guidance
- raising awareness in workplaces by influencing and engaging
- operating permissioning and licensing activities in major hazard industries
- carrying out targeted inspections and investigations
- taking enforcement action to prevent harm and hold those who break the law to account
What guides the HSE
The fundamental principle of health and safety law is that those who create risks are best placed to control them. The HSE takes into account the impact on the economy, by ensuring any action they take is proportionate, targeted, consistent, transparent and accountable.
Working with other regulators
The HSE works collaboratively with others in government to ensure that the most appropriate organisation intervenes.
Visit the HSE website
Download HSE Risk Assessment template