One recommendation in the recent Löfstedt report was the creation of an independent regulatory challenge panel. The Panel will comprise independent experts who will look into complaints about health & safety advice given by Local Authority and HSE inspectors.
The Panel will not deal with complaints about Enforcement Notices. Its remit is to consider whether the advice given by a Local Authority or HSE inspector is correct or if it goes beyond what is required to control the risk adequately. Prior to raising an issue with the Panel, persons affected are expected to try and resolve the issue with the relevant Local Authority or HSE inspector or their line manager.
Although the Panel’s role is advisory, the Regulators will respect its independence and take on board its advice where appropriate. The Panel will only consider cases from 30 June 2011 onwards and the outcome will be made available on HSE’s website.
Where the findings of the Panel are not accepted, the persons affected can write to the Chief Executive of HSE or the relevant Local Authority Chief Executive.
A second Panel will be set up later this year for those who wish to challenge claims made about health & safety requirements by non-regulators. It is understood that this panel will be headed up by the Chair of HSE.
On March 22, 2012