HSE - Health & Safety Executive

The HSE's work covers a varied range of activities; from shaping and reviewing regulations, producing research and statistics and enforcing the law.

HSE is fully committed to ensuring that regulations are fair and effective for everyone. Regulations are needed to protect people at work, but to avoid unnecessary burdens on business it is important to strike the right balance

The HSE website is a great resource for information on asbestos, providing support, free guidance and advice.

Below you will find some useful links:

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Managing and working with asbestos



Ways to contact HSE

Report an incdient:

All incidents can be reported online but a telephone service remains for reporting fatal and major injuries only - call the Incident Contact Centre on 0345 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

Do I need to contact HSE out of hours?

The type of circumstances where HSE may need to respond out of hours are:

  • following a work-related death
  • following a serious incident where there have been multiple casualties
  • following an incident which has caused major disruption such as evacuation of people, closure of roads, large numbers of people going to hospital etc

If your incident fits these descriptions ring the duty officer on 0151 922 9235.

Report a workplace health & safety problem

Detailed guidance on reporting a workplace health and safety problem is available.

Health and safety information and guidance

HSE publishes a comprehensive range of information and guidance on their website. You can find out what the health and safety law requires by searching under the relevant topic or industry section, and all of their publications are free to download. HSE Books provides information about orders for HSE publications, leaflets and posters.

HSE does not answer general health and safety questions. If you need to engage the services of a health and safety consultant, you may wish to visit the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).

However, if you have a specific question on how the health and safety law applies to a particular issue at your workplace, for which HSE is the enforcing authority and you cannot find the answer on their website, then you can ask HSE by completing the online advice form. HSE aim to respond within 30 working days.

If you are unable to complete the online form yourself, you can phone 0300 003 1747 during office hours - 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, Wednesday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, and a call handler will complete the form for you.