In September 2013 Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive plan to visit some of the units on the Argall Industrial Estate as part of a wider HSE inspection initiative.
The inspection is intended to help businesses to control risks, reduce accidents and promote good management for health and safety. It will focus on businesses that are in the higher risk industry sectors, which include: Waste and recycling; Food manufacturing; and Woodworking. If your business is in one of these sectors then HSE may visit to carry out an Inspection.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent government regulator of Health and Safety. HSE’s role is to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces and deal with breaches of the law.
What will the inspector do?
An inspector would look at the workplace, the work activities, your management of health and safety, and to check that you are complying with health and safety law. It helps if you or a representative is available to discuss the work processes and how the health and safety risks are managed.
What if the inspector finds a material breach of health and Safety Law?
HSE recovers the costs of its regulatory work from duty holders that are found to be in material breach of health and safety law. A material breach is when, in the opinion of the HSE Inspector, there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires them to issue notice in writing of that opinion to the duty holder.
Where can I find out more?
More information about what to expect when a health and safety inspector calls and about what businesses must do by law can be found in the following HSE leaflets:
“What to expect when a health and safety inspector calls – A brief guide for businesses, employees and their representatives” http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hsc14.pdf
“Health and safety made simple the basics for your business”
“Fee for intervention: what you need to know”