Who enforces health and safety law?

Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

There are two main agencies for enforcing, regulating and encouraging health and safety in Britain: the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities. Which regulator is responsible for enforcement depends on factors like the location, sector, work activity or hazard.

Other bodies, such as fire services, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, are responsible for enforcing the law in particular sectors or with certain hazards.

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