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At the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), we believe everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job. Our mission is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.

Our roots stretch back to 1833. The modern HSE is an independent regulator with a wide reach across many employment sectors. Using world leading science, we have helped protect millions of people from devastating injury and suffering through our diverse regulatory activities.

We concentrate effort on the most serious risks, targeting industries with the greatest hazards, and sectors with the worst risk management record.

We hold people to account where we have to and we are firm, but fair when using our legal powers. We also provide support to businesses through free guidance and advice tailored to business needs. By giving them the confidence to manage risks sensibly, we boost productivity, support the economy and contribute to a fairer society. HSE will play a crucial role in the UK Government’s Levelling Up Agenda.

We work in partnership where we can amplify our impact through engagement and collaboration, often with other regulators.

We work hard to help maintain an effective regulatory framework, playing our part in providing proportionate and accountable legal requirements.

The world of work is constantly changing and evolving so we use horizon scanning to try to predict future trends and patterns. Great Britain continues to be one of the safest and best places to work and do business.

This is what we do: reduce risks, protect people and the environment, and save lives. This is the Health and Safety Executive.

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