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Health and Safety Commission (HSC)

Last updated: July 31, 2017

What Does Health and Safety Commission (HSC) Mean?

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) is a statutory body established under UK law. It was established under the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. The HSC is focused on preventing injury and death in the workplace. They also police the workplace to ensure that individuals are not putting other workers at risk. Enforcement by the HSC ensures that duty holders deal with serious risks immediately, comply with the law and are held accountable if they fail in their responsibilities.

Safeopedia Explains Health and Safety Commission (HSC)

The HSC is an enforcement authority. They have the right under the law to offer duty holders information and advice. They many also warn the duty holder that, in the opinion of the HSC, they are failing to uphold the law. The HSC may also serve improvement and prohibition notices, withdraw approvals, vary license conditions or exemptions, issue formal cautions and bring a prosecution.

The enforcement role of the HSC involves inspection, complaints investigation, enforcement decisions, issuing of notices and the bringing of prosecutions.


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