Consultation outcome

Health and Safety Executive: 3-yearly review of its future as a non-departmental public body

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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HSE call for evidence - summary of responses

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Detail of outcome

A review of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), lead by Martin Temple, has now been published. The review concludes that the functions performed by HSE are still required, and that it should be retained as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). The report sets out the review process, an analysis of HSE’s functions, measures to improve for the future and considers arrangements for corporate governance.

The summary of evidence published here sumarises the responses received by DWP to the call for evidence, as well as conversations held with key stakeholders. The evidence summarised here was used as part of the review of the HSE.

Original consultation

Summary

This call for evidence sought views on the future of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a non-departmental public body (NDPB).

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Consultation description

The Department for Work and Pensions has reviewed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in accordance with the government’s commitment to review all public bodies every 3 years (the ‘triennial review’).

The review:

  • challenges the continuing need for HSE as a non-departmental public body – in particular, whether the functions carried out by HSE are still needed, and whether a non-departmental public body remains the best way to provide them
  • questions whether the HSE meets the requirements of good corporate governance

This is not a review of the government’s underlying policy on health and safety at work.

We welcomed views from all interested parties, but particularly from those with a direct interest in the work of HSE, including:

  • employers and their representative bodies
  • the self-employed
  • employees and their representative bodies
  • HSE and its staff
  • voluntary and third sector organisations
  • professional bodies
  • local authorities
  • other government departments and the devolved administrations

Documents

Triennial review of the Health and Safety Executive: Call for evidence

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Triennial review of the Health and Safety Executive: Call for evidence – Annex D

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Published 14 June 2013
Last updated 9 January 2014 + show all updates
  1. Published the outcome of the call for evidence and link to report on the future of HSE.
  2. First published.