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HSE and waste


HSE is tasked with improving the Health and Safety performance of industry so as to reduce the incidence of work-related accidents and occupational ill-health within industry. This extends not only to employees, but also to members of the public whose health and safety may be affected by a work activity.

These pages explain the structure of HSE and how it is organised to achieve those aims.

HSE's activities include:

Who does what?

There are many activities that fall outside the HSE's areas of responsibility. Instead, they may be covered by powers held by other national or local government bodies.

Examples would include:

Environmental and Public Nuisance issues

Local Authorities are empowered to deal with a wide range of issues that are not the responsibility of the HSE. Usually these matters (eg odour, noise, vermin infestation) are dealt with by the Local Authority's Environmental Health or Services Department,  or on some cases the Environment Agency (or Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland).

Planning and permitting

HSE is not responsible for planning permissions for the siting or permitting of waste and recycling facilities. Those aspects are dealt with by Environment Agency (or Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland) and the local authority in which the activity takes place.

Offices and retail premises

Local authorities deal with health and safety issues within offices, warehouses and retail premises.

HSE Inspectors

HSE has operational inspectors who deal with industry on a daily basis by:

Industry sectors

FOD has several different industry sectors. HSE's manufacturing Sector holds a range of responsibilities, including dealing nationally with health and safety concerns within the Waste Management and Recycling industries.
It provides support at the national level for the Waste Management and Recycling industries and for HSE inspectors dealing with:

Our responsibilities to the waste management and recycling industries

Updated 2020-07-30