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Consultation - Evaluation of the HSC Enforcement Policy Statement

This consultation has closed. HSC considered the outcome of the evaluation in January 2007:

HSE is evaluating the impact of the Health and Safety Commission's (HSC) Enforcement Policy Statement on securing compliance with health and safety law.

The Enforcement Policy Statement applies to all who have duties under health and safety law. It sets out the policies, principles and practices that HSC expects HSE and its partners in the local authorities to follow.

The findings of the evaluation programme will ensure that the next review of the Enforcement Policy Statement, scheduled for 2007, is informed by up to date evidence as to the effectiveness of how health and safety law is enforced.

HSC approved the evaluation programme in November 2003. Since then, HSE has consulted widely across Government, local authorities and with stakeholders, asking respondents to consider whether the approach set out in the Statement continues to be effective in helping to protect those who may be exposed to risks from the way work is carried out. Significant interest has been generated and much useful information and comment received.

We are building on this work through two national surveys, conducted by the independent consultants Greenstreet Berman. The first of these is aimed at inspectors in both HSE and the local authorities - those who are required to follow the Enforcement Policy Statement and who are uniquely placed to assess its effectiveness. The second survey seeks the views of duty holders, distinguishing between those who have received 'formal' enforcement action, such as an enforcement notice or prosecution, and those who have not.

We intend to consult throughout the duration of the evaluation programme. Therefore, if you wish to contribute your views on any topic regarding how health and safety law is enforced, please do so. These topics could range from the reasons why we enforce to the impact of naming health and safety offenders on our website. Other examples could include:

We would welcome your views on any aspect of HSC's enforcement policy, which you can email to:

Updated 2009-05-28