Health and Safety Executive knocking on doors – it could be you?

There is talk of dumbing down the inspection regime according to a leaked letter accessed by The BBC, from The Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Their unannounced ‘knock on the door’ has for many years formed a key aspect of the HSE’s approach to regulation and hugely contributes to the prevention of workplace accidents and fatalities.

In 2009/10:

  •  152 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.5 per 100 000 workers.
  • 121,430 other injuries to employees were reported a rate of 473 per 100 000 employees.
  • 233,000 reportable injuries occurred, at a rate of 840 per 100 000 workers.
  • 28.5 million working days were lost overall.

The statistics may appear to be at their lowest point, but for how long if the HSE inspection procedure is at risk? This proposed reduction could have a detrimental impact on workers safety. With this in mind, businesses will need to keep their eyes firmly on the health and safety ball and remain stringent in their health and safety ethics, and not become complacent.

 HSE are now only going to target the ‘bad guys’ who represent significant risk and where in their judgment pro-active inspection remains necessary as part of the overall regulatory approach.

 So be a ‘good guy’ in the eyes of the HSE and if they do come knocking on your door make sure it’s not you who fails any inspection!

 To do this go to or contact for all you workplace safety needs – your employees expect to be safe at work!

Posted by Emma Gill, dbda


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