Health and safety enforcement action taken

Details of improvement notices and prohibition notices served by  inspectors, and details of prosecutions in England and Wales taken by inspectors and the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland. 

In England and Wales the decision whether to prosecute will take account of the full test set down by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. No prosecution may go ahead unless the prosecutor finds there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and decides that prosecution would be in the public interest.

In Scotland, the Procurator Fiscal decides whether to bring a prosecution. This may be on the basis of a recommendation by an enforcing authority, although the Procurator Fiscal may investigate the circumstances and institute proceedings independently of an enforcing authority. The Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service have endorsed our policy statement on enforcement pdf icon PDF, 143 Kb.

Further details of enforcement notices we have issued and prosecutions that have resulted in a conviction can be found via the following links:

Copies of improvement and prohibition notices can be found on our public register.

Details of notices issued and prosecutions concluded prior to 1 April 2006 (when HMRI transferred to ORR from the Health and Safety Executive) can be found on the HSE website.