In 2012 HSE set up the Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel to provide an independent means for any person (whether companies or individuals) to complain about the actions taken against them by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Local Authority (LA) health and safety regulators.
It does not consider the actions taken, or advice given, by the regulator where there are existing statutory mechanisms of appeal, or disputes regarding HSE cost recovery where separate appeal mechanisms exist.
The Challenge Panel is independent and consists of members who have the competence and experience to assess the actions taken or advice given on health and safety matters. Other experts may be called up on to cover a wide spectrum of interests as required.
We are seeking to appoint new panel members, including a new Chair. Current panel members are welcome to re-apply.
Given the variety of potential issues and sectors we are looking to identify a range of people with expertise in particular sectors to call upon as required. E.g. Construction, manufacturing, agriculture, services, major hazards, retail, leisure etc.
A modest hourly rate and expenses will be paid.
If you wish to apply please email your CV with an accompanying short note demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria outlined above (no more than one-side of A4 paper) to Sue Bartley firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 November 2014.
The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel will look into complaints regarding advice given by HSE or LA inspectors about health and safety which you think is incorrect or goes beyond what is required to control the risk adequately.
The panel will consist of independent members who will have the competence and experience to assess advice that has been given on regulatory matters.
Before you raise an issue with the panel, you should have first tried to resolve the matter with the relevant HSE or LA inspector and their manager.
Your issue will be put before the panel members who will review it thoroughly and inform you of its findings.
The panel will only consider cases from 30 June 2011 onwards and the outcome will be made available on the HSE website.
The panel’s role is advisory. The regulators will respect the independence of the panel and its advice and where appropriate take it onboard.
If you are still not satisfied with the findings of the Independent Regulatory Panel, you can follow the existing complaints procedures including writing to the Chief Executive of HSE or the relevant Local Authority Chief Executive.
You can also write to your MP and, if necessary ask them to contact the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to investigate cases relating to HSE.
View the terms of reference.