Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and mental health

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

Please kindly provide information on what action the HSE may take against councils for not complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

We're also interested in action the HSE may take against councils for not arranging risk assessments for courses which may pose a danger to mental health.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson
Journalist.

Health and Safety Executive

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Hello Lee

 

Please see attached.

 

Thanks

 

Peter

 

Peter Burkert

 

Engagement and Policy Division (EPD)

Tel: 0203 028 4772

 

Health and Safety Executive, Engagement and Policy Division (EPD),
Building 5S.3, Desk 48, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Liverpool,
Merseyside, L20 7HS

 

My working pattern is Tuesday to Friday

 

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

We have received notification from whatdotheyknow that this request now has a status of 'delayed'. The Freedom of Information Act gives authorities 20 working days to answer the request or advise of a delay which can reasonably extend the deadline to 40 working days. As your authority has done neither of these the Act entitles us to pass this request into the Information Commissioner without an internal review.

Therefore be advised that if this request is not properly dealt with as required by the Act by 12th January 2018 it shall be put into the hands of the Information Commissioner. There will be no further warning.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson
Journalist

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Mr Jefferson

Please accept my sincere apologies that you have not received a response within FOI timescales. I have established that this was due to unforeseen circumstances. I can assure you that your request is now being dealt with and a response will be with you as soon as possible and before 12th January 2018.

Regards

Helen

Helen McGlown PC.foi | Information Management Unit | Freedom of Information Unit Health & Safety Executive | 5.N.3. Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle L20 7HS |

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Health and Safety Executive

1 Attachment

 

Hello Lee

 

Please see attached.

 

Thanks

 

Peter

 

Peter Burkert

 

Engagement and Policy Division (EPD)

Tel: 0203 028 4772

 

Health and Safety Executive, Engagement and Policy Division (EPD),
Building 5S.3, Desk 48, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Liverpool,
Merseyside, L20 7HS

 

My working pattern is Tuesday to Friday

 

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Dear Health and Safety Executive, Peter (Peter Burkert - EPD)

Reference: 201711315

Thank you for your response.

Of our latter request we asked for "Information on what action the HSE may take against councils for not arranging risk assessments for courses which may pose a danger to mental health". You supplied us with information about what action you can take if the council fails to protect its employees which doesn't fully answer this request as councils have volunteers who are not treated as employees.

Therefore please advise on action the HSE may take against councils for not arranging risk assessments for courses to be taken by council volunteers which may pose a danger to the mental health of those volunteers.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson
Journalist.

Health and Safety Executive

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If your email is a request for advice, please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/informatio...

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Health and Safety Executive

Dear Mr Jefferson

You have asked for further information in relation to volunteers and potential action HSE may take against Councils. Where volunteer activities are completed for and organised by employers such as Councils, then the employer will have general duties under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 as well as other relevant health and safety legislation. Councils should take reasonable and proportionate steps to ensure the health and safety of the volunteers, this includes consideration of work-related mental health as well as work related physical ill-health. The range of actions HSE can take with respect to Councils duties towards volunteers are the same as that for employees. Any action taken will be proportionate and targeted, and taken in accordance with HSE’s Enforcement policy Statement and Enforcement Management Model. The action taken can range from verbal advice, issuing of enforcement notices through to prosecution.

Regards

Helen

Helen McGlown PC.foi | Information Management Unit | Freedom of Information Unit Health & Safety Executive | 5.N.3. Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle L20 7HS |

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

Thank you for the information we appreciate it.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson
Journalist.

Health and Safety Executive

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HSE publishes a comprehensive range of information and guidance on our website. You can find out what the health and safety law requires by searching under the relevant topic or industry section, and all of our publications are free to download. HSE does not operate a telephone helpline for general health and safety information. If you need to engage the services of a health and safety consultant, you may wish to visit the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).

If your email is a request for advice, please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/informatio...

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If you wish to report an incident, please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/index.htm

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