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Major Incident
Roles and Responsibilities

HSE Executive & HSC


The Executive should advise the Commission on its proposals for management of incidents that are subject to an investigation under Section 14(2)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The final decision on the degree to which the full process contained in this document is applied rests with the Commission.

For major incidents that are not subject to a HSWA Section 14(2)(a) investigation, the decision to formally designate an incident as being “major” rests with the Executive.

The Executive decides which of the major incident response management arrangements are to be applied, as well as deciding whether or not a policy and procedure review should be held.

The Executive may appoint an i nvestigation manager and after consultation with the investigation manager, may appoint the HSE members of a major incident investigation board (MIIB) drawn from HSE senior staff.

Where appropriate the MIIB may include at least one person independent of HSE This person(s) is appointed by the Executive, and in the case of a Section 14(2)(a) investigation, in consultation with the Chair of HSC.

HSE Executive


The Executive:

When considering whether to declare a major incident, the Executive will consider the following points:

Once a major incident is declared, the Executive:

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Updated 2009-02-24