Legal guides

You receive a Health and Safety Improvement or Prohibition Notice: when, why, and what to do next

What powers does an inspector have to serve an improvement notice or prohibition notice?

Sections 18 to 26 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act set out the enforcement powers available to a Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) or local authority inspector (‘Inspector’).  Sections 21 and 22 give an Inspector the authority to serve an improvement or prohibition notice (‘Notice’).

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Lockdown Offences under Coronavirus Regulations: A Reminder

In these extraordinary times, it may be worth a reminder of precisely how the UK government is able to criminalise ordinary conduct by the general population, such as leaving one’s home, or ‘gathering’ with people, in response to the threats of a pandemic. By looking at these powers and how they have been used before in England, we may be better placed to predict how they may be used again, perhaps imminently.

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Responding to Fire Authority Investigations: An Introduction to Fire Safety Enforcement

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire safety has come under ever greater scrutiny. There is increased pressure on responsible persons to comply with fire safety duties and on fire authorities to take enforcement action. To aid regulatory control and enforcement, the Government has published two new bills relevant to fire safety. Against that background, below is a general introduction to fire safety enforcement.

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