HSE Health and Safety Executive

United Kingdom

About HSE Health and Safety Executive

What is the Health and Safety Executive?


Last year 29.3 million days were lost to British industry as a result of work place injury and work related ill health caused by work activities. Last year more than 27,594 people suffered a major injury caused by work activities and 1.2 million people suffered from work related ill health. 180 workers were killed at work last year. These are the facts. We want to achieve a record of workplace health and safety that leads the world.


To help us achieve this we employ the largest concentration of health and safety experts in the country including frontline inspectors, specialists, policy delivery teams, economists, lawyers, and administrators, all working together to help protect people. We do this by providing information and advice, promoting and assuring a goal setting system of regulation, undertaking and encouraging research and enforcing the law where necessary.


We are developing new ways to establish an effective health and safety culture in an economy which has changed dramatically from the one that existed in 1974 when HSE was set up. New industries and new ways of working have led to new challenges in health and safety.


Hazardous Installations Directorate - HID


HSE's Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID) is divided into 3 divisions:


·         Chemical Industries Division (CI) deals with chemicals manufacture and storage, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals


·         Offshore Division (OSD) regulates oil and gas exploration and production, diving, and the integrity of marine structures


·         Specialised Industries (SI) concerned with mining, explosives, biological agents, major hazard pipelines and gas transmission


HID employs approximately 300 specialist inspectors across the three Divisions, in a wide variety of disciplines, including; mechanical engineering, control and instrumentation, electrical engineering, fire and explosion, microbiology, process safety and plant integrity, human factors, marine engineering, naval architecture, diving, predictive analysis, risk assessment, explosives, and well engineering. Specialist inspectors may be involved in a wide variety of tasks, including safety case assessment, inspection, investigation of incidents, provision of expert evidence, standards setting, provision of technical guidance, liaison with industry and professional bodies.




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