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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.
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’).
- 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