5/07/2016 13:07 HRS

The HSE are reviewing the way Local Authorities are responsible for some health and safety regulatory service. As Local Authorities are very often responsible for places of entertainment this is an area of direct impact on our sector.  Please participate in the consultation and complete the short survey listed in the HSE article reproduced below by the deadline of 28th July 2016.


‘Share your experience and help shape the Health and Safety Executive’s view on possible future change to the delivery of health and safety regulatory services by either Local Authorities or HSE’


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is exploring  ways to address the issues influencing Local Authority (LA) delivery of health and safety regulatory services and its boundary/connection to HSE’s activities .  We want to ensure that Local Authorities have access to sufficient levels of regulatory competency to effectively deliver health and safety regulation, of their allocated duty holders.
Broadly speaking, LAs are currently responsible for regulating the majority of retail, leisure and services based premises – including finished goods logistics, shops, offices, entertainment and other venues that tend to be frequented by the public. HSE is more centered on manufacturing, public sector, agriculture and construction.  One of the possible options under consideration is a redraft of the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998, which defines this arrangement.  We are exploring the possible benefits of changing the existing LA/HSE enforcement allocation to see if that would improve regulation or make interpretation simpler.

We would be grateful if you would spare us a few minutes to complete this short survey:


The survey allows you to tell us, how well the regulations and the boundaries between HSE and LA are working and what, if any, practical issues you have encountered.   The results of the survey will be used to help determine if there are options for legislative change which could be further explored. If options for legislative changes are proposed a further formal consultation will be undertaken.


Please submit your response by  28 July 2016.