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HSE 2013/14 annual report

31 July 2014

The latest annual report from the UK Health and Safety Executive highlights the agency’s activities and areas of focus over the year. Over the period covered by the report, 51% of HSE inspections targeted the construction industry, 37% manufacturing, 3% waste and 9% other industries.

Key achievements over the period included:

*  There were 11,200 health and safety concerns which met HSE’s risk-based criteria due to be
followed up in 2013/14, representing a 12% increase on 2012/13.

*  Over the period the HSE issued 6,560 improvement notices and 3,440 prohibition notices, and secured circa 600 prosecutions (with a 95% conviction rate in the courts).

*   Fee for Intervention (FFI) has operated for its first full year. Since its introduction in
October 2012 over 21 000 invoices have been issued and for 2013/14, and the total costs
recovered were £8.7 million.

*  The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertook circa 250 inspections and over 8,990 vetting clearances.

*  Of the 108 fatal RIDDOR investigations for which HSE had received primacy and which were due for completion in 2013/14, 49% were completed within their 12 months target. This excludes cases awaiting Coroner or COPFS49 decisions. As at 8 April 2014, there were 162 ongoing fatal investigations (where HSE has primacy).

*  HSE completed in excess of 5,290 non-fatal investigations with 90% completed within 12
months of the incident date. As at 8 April 2014, there were circa 1,940 ongoing non-fatal investigations.

*  Major Hazard operator sites visited as a proportion of the 2013/14 plan:
COMAH 91%, Nuclear installations 100%, Offshore installations 80%, Other* 86%
(Other = Producing mines, onshore and offshore pipeline operators, biological agents sites, non-COMAH chemical manufacturing sites, major gas networks and non-COMAH explosive sites.)

*  Volume of applications processed in 2013/14 (2012/13):
COSHH notifications 170 (217), Explosives licences 45 (57), GM notifications 194 (177), Explosives classifications 170 (217)

*  HSE has completed the task of overhauling all of its guidance and regulations to make them up to date, relevant and accessible. Over 80% of health and safety regulations have been improved or removed.

*  Total staff numbers (including HSL and ONR) fell from 3,288 on 31 March 2012 to 3,081 on 31 March 2014, and the number of frontline inspectors fell from 1,302 to 1,216 respectively.

*  On 1 April 2014 ONR became an independent agency and its 460 staff (including 235 frontline inspectors) were removed from the HSE’s rolls.

In the report’s summary, HSE Chairman Judith Hackitt and Acting Chief Executive  Kevin Myers say:

 “All of this has been achieved simultaneously with the organisation demonstrating its ability to do more with less as we have continued to reduce the size of our estate, now down by 29% since 2010/11. Our levels of effectiveness have been maintained, our efficiency improved and we are sharing our knowledge and expertise more widely. “

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