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Background

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  has published a consultation document on the recommendations that emerged from the Public Inquiry held by Lord Gill into the explosion at ICL Plastics in 2004

This consultation is the first part of the HSE response to the Inquiry report and will enable interested parties and stakeholders to provide their initial views on the principles within the recommendations.

The Inquiry report proposes a new safety regime for the use of LPG in industrial and commercial premises, though some of the recommendations would apply more widely.

We are therefore seeking the views from the suppliers and users of LPG and also from stakeholders in the health and safety system.

The consultative document is issued by the Health and Safety Executive in compliance with its general duty to consult under section 50(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Consultation responses

The Health and Safety Executive tries to make its consultation procedure as thorough and open as possible. Responses to this consultative document will be lodged with the Health and Safety Executive’s Knowledge Centre after the close of the consultation period where they can be inspected by members of the public or be copied to them on payment of the appropriate fee to cover costs.

Responses to this consultative document are invited on the basis that anyone submitting them agrees to their response being dealt with in this way. Responses, or part of them, will be withheld from the Knowledge Centre only at the express request of the person making them. In such cases, a note will be put in the index to the responses identifying those who have commented and have asked that their views, or part of them, be treated as confidential.

Many business e-mail systems now automatically append a paragraph stating the message is confidential. If you are responding to this CD by e-mail and you are content for your responses to be made publicly available, please make clear in the body of your response that you do not wish any standard confidentiality statement to apply.

Code of Practice on consultation

HSE is committed to best practice in consultation and to the Government’s Code of Practice on consultation. The Code of Practice sets out seven criteria for consultation. These are:

If you believe that this document, or the consultation on these proposals, does not meet these criteria, or if you are not satisfied with the way in which this consultation exercise has been conducted, we want to know and put things right. Please contact Maureen Kirwan, HSE, 5S.3, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside LS20 7HS.

We aim to reply to all complaints within 10 working days. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may ask for your complaint to be passed to a more senior member of staff. Following our second response, if you are still not satisfied, you can ask for your complaint to be referred to the Chief Executive.

Updated: 2009-08-28