Why HSE issues Enforcement Notices
Our inspectors normally enforce health and safety standards by giving advice on how to comply with the law. Sometimes we must order people to make improvements by issuing them with a notice. If necessary, HSE may prosecute recipients for non-compliance with a notice. Inspectors follow HSE's enforcement policy to decide on the most appropriate action to take.
HSE issue notices to companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. The notice may involve one or more instances where the recipient has failed to comply with health and safety law - each one of these is called a "Breach". This site provides information on both Notices and Breaches.
Background to HSE's Notification system
The Notices system provides a "self-service" approach to HSE's enforcement information and contains greater detail than the paper register.
What information can I find?
The Notices system can be used to find details of:-
Notices : details of all notices issued in the UK in the previous ten years. Including notices were the process was discontinued or were withdrawn by the field professional.
Breaches : details of the Breaches of HSE Acts or Regulations in the UK
Notices and related Breaches are linked within the system, so you can move easily between details of a particular Notice and the related Breaches.
What information is not available?
The Notices system will not provide information about:
- Notices issued in Ireland - refer to the websites for Health & Safety Authority (Republic of Ireland) and the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland.
What types of Search are supported?
There are four types of Search supported:-
- Simple : finds details of Notices using a single search
e.g. find all Notices where the Recipient's name was "Jones Bakery Ltd".
- Advanced : finds details of Notices using multiple search criteria.
e.g. find all Improvement Notices for a particular industry where the Date Notice was issued is between two given dates.
- Geographical : finds details of Notices using location information.
e.g. find all Improvement Notices issued in a specific Region within England, Scotland or Wales.
- Industry : finds details of
Notices relating to a specific industry or work activity.
e.g. find all Prohibition Notices issued in the Manufacturing industry.
e.g. find all Notices relating to the installation of electrical wiring and fitting.
How to start a search
To initiate a search of the Notices System, you can use the Search links on every page or one of the four search buttons listed on the Home Page..