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Statement of commitment between: Local Authority and HSE Regulatory Services

Statement of commitment

This ‘Statement of Commitment’ (SoC) has been discussed, developed and agreed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authority (LA) representative bodies across GB including HELA and the Practitioner’s Forum (PF).

The SoC has been endorsed by the Local Government Association (LGA), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and the Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland (SOCOEHS).

Councillors, Chief Executives and Heads of Regulatory Services in LA’s are also encouraged to publicly commit to the SoC and embed the principles within their service plans.

This joint statement of commitment (SoC), agreed by local authority (LA) representative bodies and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in March 2019, sets out our shared vision for an ongoing LA/HSE co-regulatory partnership. Ensuring LAs and HSE work together as effective, modern and professional regulators - delivering the positive benefits of efficient, world leading workplace health and safety, to achieve:

This shared SoC is aimed at Councillors, LA Chief Executives (CEs) and their Heads of Regulatory Services. It outlines how LA senior managers and the HSE will work together, to achieve sustainable future delivery of effective workplace health and safety enforcement in Great Britain.

Current Position

LAs are a key part of the health and safety system in Great Britain (GB). They have a statutory duty under Section 18 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ‘make adequate provision’ for health and safety enforcement in their area, as set out in the ‘National LA Enforcement Code’ (the Code).

LAs enforce workplace health and safety in two thirds of all business premises, around half of the total GB workforce. LAs predominately cover the retail, consumer services, entertainment and warehousing/supply chain sectors.

Currently failures in the management of health and safety in LA enforced business sectors result in around 10 deaths, 5000 major injuries and over 100,000 new cases of ill health a year. Many of those harmed are members of the public/children, or vulnerable workers not provided with reasonable workplace protection.

HSE provides national direction via the the Code and its supporting documentation e.g. annually updated targeting advice supports LAs to develop locally responsive sustainable delivery plans, using the most current intelligence and regulatory practice. Effective management of health and safety brings direct benefits to the local community, by:

This SoC was developed as part of the on-going work of the strategic group overseeing the HSE / LA co- regulatory partnership (HELA) and the supporting Practitioner’s Forum. It also has the endorsement of the LGA , WLGA and SoCOEHS and recognises that:

Joint LA/HSE Commitments to Targeted Sustainable Health and Safety Enforcement

What LAs & HSE will do together as co-regulatory partners to #HelpGBworkwell

LAs & HSE will provide an effective regulatory framework by:

LAs & HSE will secure effective management and control of risk by:

LAs & HSE will lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety by:

What Local Authorities will do as independent co-regulators to #HelpGBworkwell

LAs will provide an effective regulatory framework by:

LAs will secure effective management and control of risk by:

LAs will lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety by:

What HSE will do as the national policy lead and a co-regulator to #HelpGBworkwell

HSE will provide an effective regulatory framework by:

HSE will secure effective management and control of risk by:

HSE will lead and engage with others to improve workplace health and safety by:

Updated 2019-04-03