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HSE Public Register of Notice History

This site provides a history of enforcement notices issued by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).  All notices on this site are over five years old, and the information is updated weekly.

The Notice History Database is a new addition to HSE’s suite of enforcement databases, and has been launched to bring the publication of Notice records in line with our policy on Prosecution records.

Details found here have previously been displayed for a period of five years on the main notices database.  The date of the earliest notice available on this site is April 2001.

HSE enforces health and safety legislation for most industry sectors in Great Britain - we cover factories, building sites, mines, farms, fairgrounds, quarries, railways, chemical plant, offshore and nuclear installations, schools, hospitals and other places where there is a work activity. You will not find notices on this site for Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland authorities.

Prior to 1 April 2006, HSE also enforced health and safety legislation for railways and you will find relevant notices on this site - however, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) became the health and safety regulator for the rail industry when responsibility was transferred from HSE and copies of Improvement and Prohibition notices issued by ORR since 1 April 2006 are available from their website Office of Rail Regulation.

HSE 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, either an Improvement Notice which allows time for the recipient to comply or a Prohibition Notice which prohibits an activity until remedial action has been taken.

HSE issue notices to companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. The notice may involve one or more instances when the recipient has failed to comply with health and safety law - each one of these is called a "Breach".  This Notices History Database only contains notices which are over five years old and were issued to companies, HSE does not publish notices served against individuals in this archive.

If necessary, HSE may prosecute recipients for non-compliance with a notice (See Prosecutions Database). There are also circumstances when HSE will take No Further Action against non-compliance. Inspectors follow HSC’s enforcement policy to decide on the most appropriate action to take.

 How to search
Link to Search Find notices using a single item of information (e.g. recipient's name)
Link to Advanced Search Find notices using multiple search items
Link to Geographical Search Find notices by geographic area (e.g. region)
Link to industry search Find notices by industry (e.g. construction) or the main activity (e.g. plastering)
Further details are available under Help.