What does the Health and Safety Executive do?

The Health and Safety Executive is the single national non-departmental regulatory body responsible for promoting the cause of better health and safety at work through health and safety legislation, research and the enforcement of health and safety legislation in higher-risk sectors. It prepares, following consultation, draft regulations for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to approve; issues Approved Codes of Practice providing guidance on the requirements imposed by health and safety statutes and regulations; and maintains the Employment Medical Advisory Service.