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Why HSE issues Enforcement Notices

Our inspectors normally enforce health and safety standards by giving advice on how to comply with the law. Sometimes we must order people to make improvements by issuing them with a notice. If necessary, HSE may prosecute recipients for non-compliance with a notice. Inspectors follow HSE's enforcement policy to decide on the most appropriate action to take.

HSE issue notices to companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. The notice may involve one or more instances where the recipient has failed to comply with health and safety law - each one of these is called a "Breach". This site provides information on both Notices and Breaches.


Background to HSE's Notification system

The Notices system provides a "self-service" approach to HSE's enforcement information and contains greater detail than the paper register.


What information can I find?

The Notices system can be used to find details of:-

Notices : details of all notices issued in the UK in the previous ten years.  Including notices were the process was discontinued or were withdrawn by the field professional.

Breaches : details of the Breaches of HSE Acts or Regulations in the UK

Notices and related Breaches are linked within the system, so you can move easily between details of a particular Notice and the related Breaches.


What information is not available?

The Notices system will not provide information about:


What types of Search are supported?

There are four types of Search supported:-


To initiate a search of the Notices System, you can use the Search links on every page or one of the four search buttons listed on the Home Page..

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Updated 2016-02-22