HSE - Health & Safety Executive

HSE - Health & Safety Executive

What is the Health and Safety Executive?

Last year an estimated 26.4 million days were lost to British industry as a result of work place injury and work related ill health caused by work activities. Last year more than 24,726 people suffered a major injury caused by work activities and an estimated 1.2 million people who had worked in the year suffered from work related ill health. 171 workers were killed at work last year. These are the facts. We want to achieve a record of workplace health and safety that leads the world.

To help us achieve this we employ the largest concentration of health and safety experts in the country including frontline inspectors, specialists, policy delivery teams, economists, lawyers, and administrators, all working together to help protect people. We do this by providing information and advice, promoting and assuring a goal setting system of regulation, undertaking and encouraging research and enforcing the law where necessary.

We are developing new ways to establish an effective health and safety culture in an economy which has changed dramatically from the one that existed in 1974 when HSE was set up. New industries and new ways of working have led to new challenges in health and safety. 

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