What powers does the Health and Safety Executive Possess

The Health and Safety inspector may enter your work premises at any time.

Usually the inspector will be visiting to carry out a Health and Safety inspection. However, they could also visit you after an accident that may have been caused by work activities.

They will then be seeking to:

  • Investigate the causes of the accident
  • Advise you whether you need to take action to prevent a recurrence
  • Determine if there has been a breach of Health and Safety law

Whatever the purpose of the visit, inspectors have the authority to take certain actions, including:

  • Carrying out examinations and investigations, including taking measurements, photographs and samples
  • Taking possession of an article and arranging for it to be dismantled or tested
  • Seizing and making safe any article or substance that could cause serious personal injury
  • Requesting information and taking statements from people they think can help an investigation
  • Inspecting and copying documents

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
  • Prosecute the company and/or individuals
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