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.

Three in 10 union reps report Covid-19 safety inspections

Three in 10 union representatives have had a regulator visit their workplace because of Covid-19 concerns.
A survey of 1,400...

Covid-19: Parent fairly dismissed after refusing return to work

14 Apr 2021

An employee refused to return to the workplace because he believed his workplace posed a danger to his children. What are the ramifications of the case?

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Employers failing to keep workplaces safe as restrictions lift, warns TUC

6 Apr 2021

As UK workplaces look gradually to open back up as lockdown restrictions are lifted, the TUC has warned that many...

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HSE enforcement of Covid-secure guidelines too ‘light touch’

11 Mar 2021

A think-tank has accused the government of downplaying the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the workplace – which could have...

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App aims to boost health and safety knowlege among migrant workers

25 Jan 2021

Migrant workers are more than twice as likely to be killed or suffer injuries in the workplace because poor English...

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An eighth forced into work amid Covid safety complaints

18 Jan 2021

A poll finds many have been ordered into work when they could have easily and safely worked from home.

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Covid-19 safety rules ‘outdated’ say unions

5 Jan 2021

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

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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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