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Data Sets

HSE has collected a vast archive of incident, accident, investigation and concerns data over the past 50 years. Some of our data sets have been further supplemented with data from industry stakeholders to enrichen the information with up-to-date and applicable knowledge. We use the collected data to provide new insights, tools, techniques and approaches to industry. In this way we share the knowledge that underpins everything we do.

For more information on how to work with us to enrich our data sets, or to gain access to some of the tools and projects below, please email

HSE Statistics based on Incident Data

HSE publishes a range of statistics relating to health and safety in Great Britain. Using a variety of data sources, including surveys and surveillance schemes, we provide statistics on:

  • Work-related ill health and disease
  • Workplace injury
  • Enforcement of health and safety legislation
  • Working days lost and costs to Britain as a result of health and safety incidents
  • Working conditions and management of health and safety in the workplace

Here we outline the main data sources used to create the injury and ill health statistics


The National Population Database (NPD) is a unique Geographical Information System (GIS) dataset that enables the estimation of residents, workers and other population types in any location, down to individual building level, in Great Britain.

The NPD uses the latest and most accurate data available and provides unmatched levels of granularity. In fact, the NPD's dataset is so trusted that it is used by the UK government's 'Resilience Direct' platform. This secure online network for sharing real time information enables emergency services to deliver an efficient and co-ordinated response in situations that impact civil protection.

Benchmarking Safety Culture

Benchmarking is an excellent way to measure performance and position an organisation against the industry standard. This information can then be used to identify gaps within an organisation's processes to achieve improvements in health and safety outcomes and organisational performance.

As part of the subscriber package of benefits for the HSE Safety Climate Tool (SCT), users have the ability to benchmark results against HSE's exclusive industry datasets.

The SCT measures workforce attitudes and perceptions about health and safety against eight safety climate factors. This benchmarking report breaks down the minimum, maximum and average (mean) score for each of the eight factors by industry sectors where complete data sets are available for three or more organisations.

The report supplements the all-industry benchmarking data available in the online system's auto-report, which compares your organisation's score with the all-industry data. Therefore, it provides you with the data to measure your organisation's results against those in similar industries.
The data used to develop this industry-specific benchmarking report is based on each organisation's most recent results within the last two years. This approach emphasises the importance of using current data.


The PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment is a UK-wide research programme improving our understanding of how SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is transmitted from person to person, and how this varies in different settings and environments. This improved understanding will enable more effective measures to stop transmission, saving lives and getting society back towards 'normal'.

Led by the Health and Safety Executive's Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Andrew Curran, this critical work is being delivered by more than 70 researchers from 16 institutions across the UK.

One of the key aims of the PROTECT study is to bring together all the knowledge and evidence created by the other research themes and make it count. In practice, this means engaging directly with government, industry and other stakeholders to disseminate research findings and advice, producing accessible and usable communications. These outputs are varied and include evidence briefings, guidance documents and risk assessment tools. A key goal of the programme is to make research publications and reusable datasets findable and accessible to other researchers - including the other National Core Studies - to maximise impact.


For more information on how to work with us to enrich our data sets, or to gain access to some of these tools and projects, please email


National Population Database

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