More Inspections Being Carried Out By the Health and Safety Executive


Ensuring that employees are trained in the best practices for health and safety at work should be a priority for employers. While this is always a paramount concern, it is now especially crucial as the Health and Safety Executive is carrying out more and more workplace inspections.

According to law firm Pinsent Masons, the past year has seen a significant increase in the number of tipoff-led inspections by the Health and Safety Executive. In 2012/2013, 3475 health and safety inspections were carried out. In the year to March 2014, the number rose by 18% to 4097.

The tipoffs that are provided to the HSE are communicated in a number of ways. Complaints by members of the community, customers and suppliers are common tipoffs, as well as whistleblowing reports made by employees and workplace safety representatives.

As such, it is important for employers to be prepared for inspections for a number of reasons. In addition to keeping employees and managers safe at work, minimising risks will also eliminate the possibility of an employee or community member tipping off the HSE in the first place.

Employers must fulfil their duties as outlined by the Health and Safety at Work Act, while ensuring that workers can keep themselves safe. Occupational safety training is available to help workers identify and correct risks on the job.

British Safety Services can help you stay prepared for any potential safety inspections. For more information, visit our Health and Safety Training page or give us a call at: +44 (0) 121 333 7232.

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