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.


Train maintenance workers’ health ‘at risk’ from sewage on railway lines, warns union

The health of train maintenance workers is being put at risk as railway operators continue to allow sewage from train...

Can employers insist on their staff wearing or not wearing a poppy in the workplace?

Wearing a poppy in the workplace: myth or reality?

6 Nov 2019

Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...

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Most construction firms would fail or ‘scrape through’ HSE inspections

21 Oct 2019

Two thirds of construction companies say they would fail or might only “scrape through” an on-the-spot site inspection by the...

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HSE to publish work-related stress investigations criteria

25 Sep 2019

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is set to publish the criteria required for it to begin an investigation into...

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MPs to investigate impact of silicosis on workers

9 Jul 2019

A parliamentary inquiry investigating the impact that silicosis has on construction workers has been launched.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on...

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Asbestos fatality figures highlight need for continued precautions

9 Jul 2019

Deaths from mesothelioma reached 2,523 in 2017, largely as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure before the risks were known,...

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Treat air pollution as an occupational health issue, HSE told

20 May 2019

Ambient air pollution should be treated as an occupational health hazard and outdoor workers should receive better protections, according to...

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Emissions risk from 3D printing unless protective equipment used

28 Feb 2019

Research has found 3D printers emit particles small enough to enter the airways and lungs, potentially creating respiratory problems.
According...

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Mental health first aid guide encourages employers to set boundaries

13 Feb 2019

Training provider Mental Health First Aid England has produced guidance to help employers introduce mental health first aiders into their...

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Four out of five police officers feel stressed or anxious

13 Feb 2019

Seventy-nine per cent of police officers say they have felt feelings of stress and anxiety in the past 12 months...

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Protective equipment fails to remove risk of pesticide contamination

7 Jan 2019

Research into pesticide exposure among horticultural workers has shown that levels of contamination can take place despite the provision of...

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Employees denied ‘toilet dignity’ at work

19 Nov 2018

Unite is demanding that employers take action to ensure that workers are granted toilet dignity in the workplace.
The union...

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Drug and alcohol tests: what employers need to know

8 Nov 2018

Barratt Developments recently announced it would introduce randomised drug and alcohol testing for staff to combat increased risks...

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Work-related fatalities and fines increase prompts health and safety warning

30 Jul 2018

Employers have been urged to ensure that the health and safety of their workforce is a priority as fatal work-related...

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Workers at risk of silica dust exposure need both x-ray and lung function screening, warns HSE

28 Jun 2018

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged organisations to review their health surveillance programmes for workers who have a...

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