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New code launched to boost targeting of safety inspections

The Health and Safety Executive has unveiled a national code setting out a risk-based approach to targeting health and safety interventions to be followed by local authorities.

The LA National Code provides a principle-based framework that recognises the respective roles of business and the regulator in the management of risk, concentrating on four objectives:

  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of business, regulator and professional bodies;
  • Outlining the risk-based approach to regulation that local authorities should adopt;
  • Setting out the need for training and competence of local authority health and safety regulators;
  • Explaining the arrangements for collection/publication of local authorities data and peer review to give assurance on meeting the requirements of the code.

The list of activities/sectors the HSE says should be targeted for inspection by local authorities, as referred to in the code, is also available online.

This list does not apply to activities subject to licensing or permissioning regimes.

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