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.


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

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

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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Gig workers’ lives at risk by ‘failure to adopt EU health and safety law‘

12 May 2020

A union that represents gig economy workers is taking legal action against the government for its alleged failure to ensure...

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Academic calls for independent inquiry into coronavirus safety failings

30 Apr 2020

A professor of occupational and environmental medicine has called for an independent body, such as the Royal Commission, to investigate...

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Guidance planned to set out safe return to work

30 Apr 2020

The government is set to publish guidance on how workplaces could safely re-open at some point after the coronavirus lockdown...

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work: think about moving forward

28 Apr 2020

On the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Dr Yvette Martyn reflects on what can be learnt following...

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Construction, automotive and hospitality firms reopen sites

23 Apr 2020

Construction giant Taylor Wimpey, which has announced a phased reopening of its building sites from Monday 4 May, is among...

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Health bodies give cautious welcome to government coronavirus PPE plan

14 Apr 2020

Health workers’ confidence in the government’s plan to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to those who need it will only...

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‘No worker should die of work-acquired Covid-19’, says SOM, as NHS fatalities mount

7 Apr 2020

The UK “should have aimed for a target of zero work-caused fatalities” in the NHS and other essential services in...

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Government urged to do more to prevent silica from becoming ‘the next asbestos’

5 Mar 2020

MPs have urged the government to do more to prevent exposure to silica becoming “the next asbestos”, especially within the...

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