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RR46 - Measuring the Health and Safety Executive's Field Operations Division inspection effectiveness

The Director of Field Operations Division of the HSE commissioned Amey VECTRA to undertake a project to evaluate approaches to the measurement of the effectiveness of the various inspection activities of HM Inspectors of Health and Safety in the Field Operations Directorate (FOD) with particular emphasis on the development of outcome measures.

The issue of the effectiveness of inspection in ensuring Duty Holder compliance with Health and Safety Regulations has been discussed and debated for some time both within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and externally. However, there was a perception, within the HSE, that while previous work in this area may have helped to define the problem (at least in part), nothing is currently available which provides a systematic basis on which to evaluate inspection effectiveness.

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Updated 2010-03-19