Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel provides an independent means for any person (whether companies or individuals) to complain about the actions of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Local Authority (LA) health and safety regulators. Complaints may only be referred to the Panel if they have first been raised locally and it has not been possible to resolve the matter.

The Panel will consider complaints from companies or individuals who have been visited by HSE or LA health and safety inspector and who believe that the visit was not justified as being in accordance with a risk based approach to targeting proactive inspections; or where the advice given by the HSE or LA health and safety regulator is incorrect or not proportionate to the risks.

The Panel will not consider complaints from companies or individuals subject to statutory notices or prosecution by HSE or LA health and safety regulators as they have recourse to employment tribunals or the courts respectively, which provide such an established and proper mechanism of appeal. Equally it will not deal with determinations on enforcement action subject to Primary Authority arrangements as there is an existing process to follow.

LAs are asked to reference the Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel within their own complaints procedures.