Information and guidance


HSE publishes a comprehensive range of information and guidance on our website. You can find out what the health and safety law requires by searching under the relevant topic or industry section, and all of our publications are free to download. HSE Books provides information about orders for HSE publications, leaflets and posters.

The three areas of our site below deal with some of the most common areas of interest:

Frequently asked questions

An extensive series of our most frequently asked questions and answers is available that cover a wide array of information and guidance concerning health and safety law, information and guidance.

Health and safety basics for your business

If you think health and safety has to be complicated - it doesn't. The Health and safety basics for your business site will make it easier for you to comply with the law and manage health and safety in your business.

For many businesses, all that's required is a basic series of tasks. The site will take you through the steps and help you make sure you have done what you need to - and no more.

HSE does not answer general health and safety questions. If you need to engage the services of a health and safety consultant, you may wish to visit the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).


  • If you have a specific question on how the health and safety law applies to a particular issue at your workplace, and you cannot find the answer on our website, then you can ask us for information by telephone. Before you do this, check that HSE is the enforcing authority. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm (on Wednesdays we are open from 10am to 5pm): 0300 003 1647.
  • If you are an employee or a member of the public and you think the health and safety law is being broken, or minimum standards are being ignored within the workplace, tell us about the health and safety issue.

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