Possible Changes to the Enforcing Authority Regulations


Possible Changes to the Enforcing Authority Regulations

08 Jul 2016

Share your experience and help shape the Health and Safety Executive's view on possible future change to the delivery of health and safety regulatory services by either Local Authorities or HSE.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is exploring ways to address the issues influencing Local Authority (LA) delivery of health and safety regulatory services, and its boundary/connection to HSE’s activities. They want to ensure that Local Authorities have access to sufficient levels of regulatory competency to effectively deliver health and safety regulation of their allocated duty holders. 

Broadly speaking, LAs are currently responsible for regulating the majority of retail, leisure and services based premises – including finished good logistics, shops, offices, entertainment and other venues that tend to be frequented by the public. HSE is more centered on manufacturing, public sector, agriculture and construction. One of the possible options under consideration is a redraft of the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998 which defines this arrangement. HSE are exploring the possible benefits of changing the existing LA/HSE enforcement allocation to see if that would improve regulation or make interpretation simpler.

HSE would be grateful if you would spare a few minutes to complete this short survey:

The survey allows you to tell them, how well the regulations and the boundaries between HSE and LA are working and what, if any, practical issues you have encountered. The results of the survey will be used to help determine if there are options for legislative change which should be further explored. If options for legislative changes are proposed a further formal consultation will be undertaken.

Please note that the deadline for submission is 28 July 2016.



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