Policy paper

Memorandum of Understanding between MAIB, HSE and MCA

An MOU between MAIB, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to ensure effective coordination where duties overlap.


MAIB, HSE and MCA memorandum of understanding

Operational Working Agreement between HSE, MCA and MAIB


This document sets out how MAIB, HSE and MCA work together where their duties for health and safety enforcement and accident investigation overlap at the water margin, offshore and on inland waterways in and around the United Kingdom.

This MOU is underpinned by an Operational Working Agreement (OWA) that outlines the key and supporting principles to be adopted when selecting the lead organisation for health and safety enforcement and accident investigation. The OWA also provides example scenarios that identify the lead organisation in a range of work activities.

Published 2 October 2009
Last updated 21 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. The MOU between MAIB, HSE and MCA has been recently updated.
  2. First published.