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Industrial Health and Safety

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL2045, tabled on 14 July 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide regulations and guidance for workplaces on health and safety compliance measures.

Answered on

23 July 2021

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national regulator of health & safety legislation in Great Britain. The principal legislation is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which is supported by a framework of Regulations covering specific topic areas e.g. the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 etc.

HSE provides an advisory service which can be accessed online via a form or by telephone. In addition, it provides a comprehensive suite of guidance documents and publications on compliance with all aspects of health and safety law and which are available for free from its website https://www.hse.gov.uk/guidance/index.htm.

During the period 1 March 2020 – 28 February 2021, HSE’s analytics recorded:

• 74.3 million page views of its guidance

• 17.5 million people visited the site

• 6.3 million downloads of our free publications (books) and guidance material

• 71 per cent of users surveyed said the guidance they used was useful