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LAC 67/2 (rev4.1) - Targeting local authority interventions

Annex A - Summary of national planning priorities 2015 - 2016

This annex sets out the 2015-16 local authority national planning priorities.  Note: Not all national priorities have an inspection component.

Over-arching principles

LAs should use the full range of interventions available to influence behaviours and the management of risk with proactive inspection utilised only for premises with higher risks or where intelligence shows that risks are not being effectively managed.

Proactive inspections

Proactive inspection should only be used:

a) For high risk activities within the specific LA enforced sectors published by HSE (See List of activities/sectors for proactive inspection by LAs); or

b) Where there is intelligence showing that risks are not being effectively managed.

In both circumstances, LAs have the discretion as to whether or not proactive inspection is the most appropriate intervention. (See Annex C - Examples of Intervention Types; Annex D – Intervention Plan Summary Table and Annex E - Example Case Studies).

LAs risk ratings should be used to help formulate relative intervention priorities i.e. to allow better targeting of their other interventions on the basis of risk but proactive inspection interventions should only be determined by a) and b) above.

Primary Authority inspection plans should follow the principles of the Code and be developed taking into account the national priorities (see below) and the list of activities/sectors considered suitable for proactive inspection.

National Priorities1

Although most construction work is regulated by HSE, LA health and safety regulators can make a significant contribution to addressing construction health and safety risks. Where the owners/occupiers of commercial premises at general visits appear likely to be clients for construction work, LAs should draw their attention to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 and the duties they have as CDM clients, referring them to advice available2. In addition, there are a number of specific topic areas LAs should address during the course of their visits, as outlined below. These concur with priorities in the HSE Construction Division Plan of Work 2015-16.


Footnotes

  1. The legionella intervention programme and the campaign to visit high priority LPG underground pipework in specified premises, have now concluded and are no longer considered national priorities. However, the list of high risk sectors/activities suitable for proactive inspection will continue to include legionella in premises with cooling towers/evaporative condensers, and LPG in premises with buried metallic pipework to allow proactive inspection where it is appropriate. The LPG trade association and LPG suppliers are currently dealing with lower priority premises, and there is no intention to allocate these to LAs for visits. There may however be a small number of premises where issues remain and which will require a visit during 2015/16 and any such premises will be notified directly to the relevant LA.
  2. www.citb.co.uk/documents/cdm%20regs/industry-guidance-clients.pdf
  3. www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis5.htm
  4. www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/og/og-00073.htm
  5. www.hse.gov.uk/construction/healthrisks/hazardous-substances/construction-dust.htm
  6. www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis36.pdf
  7. www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/og/og-00017.htm
  8. www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/duty.htm
Updated 2015-07-17