Updating author: Andrea Tithecott
- The Health and Safety Executive and local authorities are empowered to appoint suitably qualified persons as inspectors to enforce health and safety legislation. (See Inspectors)
- An employer may be served with an improvement notice requiring a health and safety contravention to be remedied within a specified time. (See Improvement notices)
- An employer may be served with a prohibition notice requiring an activity giving rise to a risk of serious personal injury to be stopped until specified remedial action has been taken. (See Prohibition notices)
- An employer, whether this is a company or an individual, may be prosecuted in the criminal courts. (See Prosecution of an employer)
- The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, which came into force on 6 April 2008, means that it is now far easier than in the past for the authorities to prosecute companies and large organisations. (See Prosecution of an employer)
- An individual person may be prosecuted in the criminal courts. (See Prosecution of an individual)
There are no future developments.
The enforcing authorities (the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities) are empowered to appoint suitably qualified persons as inspectors to enforce within their areas of responsibility the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, any health and safety regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, eg the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/437), and certain enactments specified in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, eg the Factories Act 1961.
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