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How HSE works with the law

HSE Enforcement Policy

This sets out the general principles and approach which HSE expects the health and safety enforcing authorities (mainly HSE and local authorities) to follow.

This assists enforcing authorities in the exercise of discretion when determining action, including the selection of incidents for investigation, where a breach of section 3 is suspected.

This explains the philosophy adopted by HSC and now HSE in regulating health and safety in hazardous industries through the use of permissioning regimes.

This provides legal guidance to HSE staff in respect of their enforcement powers and duties and is of use to other health and safety enforcement agencies.

The Enforcement Management Model is a framework that helps HSE & local authority staff make enforcement decisions in line with HSE’s Enforcement Policy Statement.

General guidance on the selection, for investigation, of incidents that may have arisen as a result of breaches of section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE Enforcement procedures

The HSE Enforcement Policy Statement adopts a wide definition of "enforcement":

In carrying out its enforcement role, HSE follows these internal operational procedures.

Work-related deaths

This protocol has been agreed between the Police, British Transport Police, Crown Prosecution Service, HSE, Local Authorities, Office of Rail Regulation, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Fire and Rescue Services through the Chief Fire Officers Association.

This guidance has been produced by the Work-related Death Protocol National Liaison Committee (NLC) and provides advice on the timing of criminal proceedings in a work related death.

Working with victims

This sets out the general principles HSE staff follow when working with the victims of health & safety incidents.

Updated 2015-08-18