The Statement of Commitment (link) set out the governance arrangements for HSE and LAs working together as co-regulatory partners. HSE Local Authority Unit supports two national committees working within this framework, the HSE/LA Enforcement Liaison Committee (HELA) and the Local Authority Health and Safety Practitioner Forum.
HELA was set up in 1975 to provide effective liaison between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities (LAs). HELA provides strategic oversight of the co-regulatory relationship between HSE and local authorities with a view to maximising effectiveness, improving health and safety outcomes and ensuring health and safety legislation is enforced in a targeted, proportionate, consistent and transparent way.
HELA also provides a national forum for discussion and exchange of information on LA activity and enforcement.
The purpose of the forum is to provide LA regulator input to matters of operational policy and operational delivery. This includes:
Members of this forum are nominated from LA liaison and regional groupings from across England, Scotland and Wales, providing a two way communication link between national and local forums.