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How we inspect

Inspecting key industry sectors, workplaces and work activities is important as it helps ensure health and safety risks are being managed effectively.

We target and inspect dutyholders:

How we carry out inspections

When we inspect we:

Targeting our inspections

It is impossible for us to inspect every one of the estimated 5.2 million businesses in Great Britain. We therefore target those sectors and activities:

Sector plans

We have well-developed strategies for specific industry sectors. These define the key health and safety issues for that sector, taking into account:

Inspectors will therefore concentrate on these issues in deciding how well risks are being managed in a particular sector.

Major hazard industries

We take a risk-based approach when preparing intervention plans for sutes subject to a permissioning regime, using information and intelligence from a number of sources, including:

Further information

Our role as a regulator.

Updated 2017-03-31