The Health and Safety Executive inspector wants to ask me questions about a recent 'near miss' incident. What should I do?

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors have the power to:

  • enter premises;
  • inspect and investigate;
  • take measurements, samples and photographs;
  • require an area or machine to be left undisturbed;
  • seize, render harmless or destroy dangerous items; and
  • obtain information and take statements.

You should cooperate with the inspector and provide any relevant information they ask for, including providing a statement if requested.

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