HSE Visit Guide

 Are you ready if the HSE comes calling?

From the 6th April 2012 the HSE will be required to apply charges to businesses found to be in "material breach" - which requires the inspector to take action. See our blog entry, which explains more.

The HSE will charge for any time they spend looking at your business - at a rate of £133 per hour (which covers phone calls, emails, research, meetings, and time on site).  Can you afford to be unprepared?

We guarantee to remove your health and safety worries as we will provide expert advice and cost effective solutions that are proportionate to your business health and safety needs.  For evidence of support work we've provided to businesses across the U.K. please see some of our testimonials and some of our case studies.

 

HSE Visit What you should expect

A health and safety inspector from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) may visit any workplace without giving notice. For a routine inspection they will usually phone ahead to ensure the relevant staff are available. 

The inspector's main function is to ensure compliance with the law and to help you meet your legal duties. Remember that work premises can include the homes of your home-workers. Usually the inspector will be visiting to undertake a health and safety inspection. However, they could also visit you after an accident that may have been caused by work activities.

When you know that an inspector is going to visit it is helpful to prepare. You can then show the inspector what you are doing to meet your legal duties. You may also want to ask the inspector's advice on any specific hazards or how you are managing health and safety.

The inspector will try to judge whether you are taking account of employee welfare, whether you are aware of the main risks of injury and ill health in your workplace, and if you are taking action to control those risks. They will usually want to check:

  • the workplace 
  • work activities 
  • your management of health and safety 
  • the provision of adequate welfare facilities for eating, resting and sanitation 
  • whether or not you are complying with health and safety law
  • whether you are consulting with your workforce on health & safety matters 

You may want to ensure that you have to hand:

  • your health and safety policy
  • risk assessments 
  • records of any inspections of work equipment which are required by law - this includes lifting equipment, pressurised systems, or local exhaust ventilation to control  exposure to  substances used at work 
  • any written safe working methods 
  • any records of health and safety training carried out 
  • a valid employers' liability insurance certificate 

MESH can review your policy, risk assessments, and carry out a pre-visit audit to ensure you are complying with relevant legislation for when the HSE visit you.  Just contact us for a no-obligation and confidential discussion in the first instance.

If the inspector considers that you are breaking health and safety law, or your activities give rise to a serious risk, they can:

  • issue an informal warning, verbally or in writing 
  • issue an improvement notice or prohibition notice (which can stop you from working)
  • prosecute the company or individuals .

All enforcement notices (improvement and prohibition) as well as prosecutions are published by the HSE on their online public register of enforcement notices, where it will appear for a period of five years. Notices are not published until nine weeks after their date of issue to allow you to appeal if you wish to.

 

 

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