HSE carries out reactive market surveillance activity looking at significant health and safety issues and product compliance that has been brought to HSE's attention following accidents or complaints. HSE also undertakes some limited proactive risk based market surveillance and research activity. This may include some testing of specific products. This work may be instigated for a number of reasons including:
In some cases, this planned activity is undertaken jointly with other UK market surveillance authorities (MSAs) where the product is required to comply with several Directives or is in the grey area between professional and consumer use. HSE also acts in coordination with other MSAs in Europe where market surveillance responsibilities and interests align.
It is intended that further details about HSE's market surveillance activity (past, ongoing and planned) will be posted here. Recent and current market surveillance activity undertaken by HSE includes: