Health & Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive is a body set up to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and to safeguard others, principally the public, who may be exposed to risk from industry.

The HSE’s remit is to ensure that risks to people’s health and safety from work activities are properly controlled.

Covid-19 safety rules ‘outdated’ say unions

Trade unions are calling on the government to update workplace safety rules, published in the first lockdown, to protect workers...

High Court: Government failed gig workers’ health and safety

30 Nov 2020

The government has failed to implement important EU health and safety protections for workers into UK law, a judicial review...

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‘Sustainable workplace health strategies’ needed to tackle long-term health risks

13 Nov 2020

The UK should put in place ‘Sustainable Workplace Health Strategies’ for each of its nations, the British Occupational Hygiene Society...

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Air pollution affecting health of 440,000 manufacturing workers

3 Nov 2020

Hundreds of thousands of manufacturing workers with health conditions that can be exacerbated by poor air quality are being exposed...

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HSE missing ‘thousands’ of opportunities to investigate work-related Covid-19

21 Sep 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may be missing ‘thousands’ of opportunities to investigate work-related Covid-19 cases because of gaps...

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DWP failed to enforce social distancing at Leeds office

11 Sep 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has failed to enforce social distancing at an office in Leeds, a health and...

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Lower earners more likely to become ill or injured at work, warns think-tank

13 Aug 2020

Lower earners are twice as likely to become physically ill or injured at work as higher earners, new research has...

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Don’t let Covid-19 blind you to other health and safety risks, waste firms warned

7 Jul 2020

Waste management organisations have been warned against becoming complacent around other serious health and safety risks while taking measures to...

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Talking toolkits: unpicking Covid-19 return-to-work advice for occupational health

3 Jul 2020

With the UK now gradually reopening for business, organisations across the workplace health spectrum have been developing toolkits and resources...

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HSE issues warning over use of KN95 masks as PPE

1 Jul 2020

Employers should not purchase ‘KN95’ face masks as personal protective equipment because they are unlikely to protect wearers against contracting...

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Denying toilet access ‘a serious public health matter’, warns union

17 Jun 2020

Delivery drivers and fast food couriers are often having to urinate in bushes and have no way of cleaning their...

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Certification body issues warning over ‘fake’ PPE

19 May 2020

Organisations bringing staff back into the workplace may have unwittingly purchased ineffective personal protective equipment (PPE) that may not offer...

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Health and safety regulator prepares for rush of calls as workplaces reopen

14 May 2020

HSE has contacted nearly 30 employers so far with orders to improve coronavirus safety measures.

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Covid-19 Secure workplaces: the detail for returning to work

12 May 2020

As the government lays out guidelines for various workplaces in the UK economy, Personnel Today examines some of the detail...

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Covid-19 Secure guidance: Employers should publish risk assessments

12 May 2020

‘Practical guidelines’ have been published to help employers make workplaces as safe as possible, including the expectation that all employers...

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