Posted on: 18 October 2019

Are you prepared for an HSE inspection?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the UK body for ensuring that health and safety standards are maintained in the workplace.

An HSE inspector can visit your business at any time to carry out an inspection, so what are the best ways to be ready? Take a look at our infographic below to see our hints and tips!

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The importance of preparing for an HSE summary

Every year, health and safety inspectors make thousands of visits to UK workplaces, often turning up without notice.

These inspections are designed to review your working environment and procedures to ensure that they meet health and safety regulations.

Why you should take inspections seriously

Inspection fees

If a breach is identified at your business, you will be fined £154 per hour until the breach is corrected

Legal costs

If you fail to comply, you could be prosecuted. The average cost of a fine per conviction is £147,000.

Reputation damage

Your business’ reputation could face serious damage if you fail an inspection, potentially leading to losses.

How you can prepare

Designated person

Make someone responsible for health and safety in the workplace. Someone with experience in health and safety is ideal.


Create documents like risk assessments or accident or near-miss reporting documents and keep track of when you have used these documents.

Establish policies

Ensure that all employees in your business are aware of, and work within the established health and safety policies, and make health and safety a priority.

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Get in touch with one of our insurance advisors to discuss your business’ insurance needs and compare quotes from some of the UK’s most well-known insurance providers.

Source – Zywave inc. – Infographic: The Importance of Preparing for HSE Inspections

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