HSE: International Leader in Health and Safety
HSE works with partners across the world to transfer
knowledge and share expertise to improve health and safety
performance, save lives and reduce injuries.
We work with:
- other regulators
- international organisations
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is
the government regulator for occupational health and safety in
Great Britain and a world leader in reducing and regulating the
risks to health and safety arising from work activity.
The foundation of the current health and
safety system in Great Britain was established by the Health and
Safety at Work etc Act 1974 with one simple principle: that those
who create risk are best placed to control that risk.
The success of the system has led to Great
Britain having one of the best combined health and safety records
in the world, with many countries choosing to use the GB model as a
basis for their own framework.
The GB model is underpinned by a unique
combination of regulation, policy and science.
The role of science and evidence
Since its creation in 1974, HSE has undertaken
scientific research, testing, monitoring and accident
investigations to create evidence that underpins its
regulatory activities of setting policy, inspecting workplaces and
enforcing the law.
This scientific activity has been undertaken
by HSE's own scientists using facilities at the Science and
Research Centre (SRC), located in Buxton, Derbyshire. More about us
The Science and Research Centre (previously
known as the Health and Safety Laboratory, HSL) was created in 1974
by amalgamating a number of pre-existing science establishments,
some of which had themselves been in existence since
The body of knowledge, expertise and
capability at the Centre therefore represents over 100 years
of continuous work to understand how accidents happen in
workplace settings and how to make those workplaces safer
Working with others
Not only does the science and research we
perform support HSE in its role as an evidence-based, world-class
regulator, we turn our combination of scientific expertise,
real-world experience and knowledge of the regulatory landscape
into solutions that help wider government and industry solve the
health, safety and wellbeing challenges of their everyday work, as
well as in times of crisis.
We make these solutions available through our
bespoke research programmes, our testing services, our training
courses and the publications and tools we publish.
Our solutions relating to areas such as Safe Net
Zero, Complete Worker Health, Enhancing Resilient
Infrastructure and Data-driven Insights also makes us
unrivalled in our ability to assist both public and private sector
organisations research and safely enable the products, processes
and innovative technologies of the future.
We offer this support not only to those
located in Great Britain but also to other countries and
regulators, helping them to build capability and implement
improved regulatory regimes, especially in construction and
high hazard process industries.
The SRC has also worked internationally with
other Governments and organisations based in other countries to
transfer its knowledge and to share its expertise. The proven
solutions and interventions developed by the SRC can be implemented
in other countries, cultures and societies to bring about similar
health and safety improvements to those seen in GB.
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