The HSE is Britain’s national regulator for onshore workplace health and safety. We are dedicated to protecting people and places, and helping everyone lead safer and healthier lives.
Our role goes beyond worker protection to include public assurance. We work to ensure people feel safe where they live, where they work and, in their environment.
Our strategy is designed to keep us focused on tackling both new and traditional risk, at the right time and in the right way. By setting out clear objectives and themes, we can guide our future interventions and regulatory activities.
As a regulator, we aim to prevent workplace death, injury or ill health.
We achieve this using a variety of methods to influence change and help people manage risks at work. These include:
- providing advice, information and guidance
- raising awareness in workplaces by influencing and engaging
- operating permissioning and licensing activities in major hazard industries
- carrying out targeted inspections and investigations
- taking enforcement action to prevent harm and hold those who break the law to account
The fundamental principle of health and safety law is that those who create risks are best placed to control them. We take into account the impact on the economy, by ensuring any action we take is proportionate, targeted, consistent, transparent and accountable.