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Equality Duty

HSE's Commitment to the Equality Duty

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality in our policies and in our dealings with our staff. We are committed to all aspects of equality and have published equality objectives covering all equality strands.

On these webpages we set out the actions that HSE will take to ensure we meet these commitments and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. This information informs both HSE staff and our stakeholders of our Equality Duty requirements and how we will achieve them.

The Equality Duty

The Equality Duty (section 149 of the Act) came into force on 5 April 2011. The Equality Duty applies to public bodies and others carrying out public functions.  It supports good decision-making by ensuring public bodies consider how different people will be affected by their activities, helping them to deliver policies and services which are efficient and effective, accessible to all and which meet different people's needs.

The Equality Duty covers the following protected characteristics:

The Equality Duty has three aims. It requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

Having due regard, means consciously thinking about the three aims of the Equality Duty as part of the process of decision-making. This means that consideration of equality issues must influence the decisions reached by public bodies - such as in how they act as employers; how they develop, evaluate and review policy; how they design, deliver and evaluate services, and how they commission and procure from others.

The Equality Duty is supported by specific duties, set out in regulations which came into force on 10 September 2011. The specific duties require HSE, as a public body to:

HSE workforce diversity data

HSE publishes its equality data annually as part of its commitment to the Equality Duty. The data indicates the groups of people within HSE who have the protected characteristics of:

Where appropriate, narratives are provided to explain how the data supports HSE's commitment to achieve our Equality Duty specific duties.

All HSE staff are encouraged to share their diversity details by recording them, confidentially, on HSE's electronic HR system, single operating platform (SOP). The data helps to evaluate the performance of our policies and processes, and to identify issues that might need addressing.

More information on the Equality Duty can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) website.

Updated 2020-08-05