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Overseas visits

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a world leader in reducing and regulating the risks to health and safety arising from work activity. As a result we receive many requests for visits from all over the world. We try to meet these requests wherever possible, but resources are always limited and we have to prioritise our work. As a result, we cannot always agree to every request we receive. However, HSE supports the dissemination of good practice information throughout the international community and we have made available a comprehensive resource of publications and information on this web site.

Should you wish to visit us to learn more, please read the guidance below and then submit your request using the HSE visit request 1 - Proforma for overseas and international visits to the HSE. This should be done at least 8 weeks before any intended visit. You should NOT make travel arrangements to visit us until you receive confirmation that we are able to meet your request.

Assessing visit requests from overseas and international occupational safety and health organisations

The Health and Safety Executive receives a large number of requests for meetings and visits from European and wider international delegations. Where possible HSE accommodates visits in order to facilitate the exchange of information between governments and contribute to the improvement and promotion of health and safety within Great Britain and throughout the world.

When we look at requests for visits we take the following into consideration:

HSE's International Unit coordinates requests for assistance and visits. Some visits may span the different Directorates and specialist areas across HSE, depending on the area of interest.

Once a visit has been accepted

For it to be possible for HSE to accept a visit, there should be a period of 8 weeks between the acceptance and the date of the visit. This allows time for internal consultation and the assignment of resources within HSE to ensure that the aims of the meeting are met fully.

It should be noted that HSE usually restrict visits to groups of no more than six people and we are not able to provide interpreters. Additionally we are not able to make travel arrangements for visitors.

You should note that most of HSE's policy and specialist staff are based at our headquarters on Merseyside, north-west England. You will need to make arrangements to travel there for your visit unless we tell you otherwise.

Updated 2020-11-20