Our health and safety enforcement action to date


Details of improvement notices and prohibition notices served by our inspectors, and details of prosecutions in England and Wales taken by inspectors and the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland.

Copies of improvement and prohibition notices can be found on our public register.

Details of notices issued and prosecutions concluded prior to 1 April 2006 (when HMRI transferred to ORR from the Health and Safety Executive) can be found on the HSE website.

In England and Wales the decision whether to prosecute will take account of the full test set down by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. No prosecution may go ahead unless the prosecutor finds there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and decides that prosecution would be in the public interest.

In Scotland, the Procurator Fiscal decides whether to bring a prosecution. This may be on the basis of a recommendation by an enforcing authority, although the Procurator Fiscal may investigate the circumstances and institute proceedings independently of an enforcing authority. The Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service have endorsed our policy statement on enforcement.


Details of ORR health and safety prosecutions resulting in conviction since 1 April 2006.

Improvement notices

A list of health and safety notices which allow time for the recipient to comply with the law.

Prohibition notices

A list of health and safety notices which prohibit an activity until remedial action has been taken.

Occupational health recent formal enforcement

Recent cases where formal enforcement action has been taken to secure legal compliance.