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Health and Safety Regulation
Every sector has health and safety regulations that must be adhered to in order to minimise the risk of injury to employees or anyone visiting a workplace. We offer a range of services to businesses that wish to remain one step ahead with health and safety regulation in their sector and avoid prosecution.
If you have been accused of breaching health and safety regulations, we can provide advice throughout the investigation process and can represent you during hearings; providing a strong case for defence.
About Health and Safety Executive Investigations
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the governing body responsible for ensuring businesses comply with health and safety law. The body has far-reaching powers that allow it to investigate alleged wrongdoing and poor practices in a workplace before bringing charges.
Enforcement is designed to ensure that:
- Serious risks are dealt with quickly
- Businesses comply with the law
- Companies who fail to adhere to the law are held accountable
However, with regular updates to legislation, it can be difficult for busy companies to keep on top of any new regulation, but is it vital as the penalties can be severe. The HSE can warn duty holders (i.e. the person at a company appointed with health and safety responsibilities) that they are failing to uphold standards in writing or face to face. It can also warn that laws are being potentially breached.
The HSE can also:
- Serve improvement and prohibition notices
- Withdraw a company’s approvals
- Make changes to their licences or exemptions
- Issue formal cautions
- Prosecute a company
Why Choose JMW?
Our solicitors are experienced in dealing with a variety of health and safety matters. We can advise on compliance or can help to ensure that a workplace is up to standard ahead of an inspection, as well as for the long term. We can also advise on the best defensive options at any stage of an HSE investigation. We tailor our services to suit you and have advised firms of all sizes, operating in a variety of sectors.