Occupational safety and health country profile: United Kingdom

International labour standards


    Ratification of ILO conventions

    Database on international labour standards

    Provides access to the latest information on ILO international labour standards on OSH (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.).

Policies and programmes

  1. 2009

    National strategy

    Prevention of death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities.

  2. 2012-2015

    HSE Business Plan

    Aims to lead others to improve health and safety in the workplace; provide an effective regulatory framework; secure compliance with the law; reduce the likelihood of low frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents.

Laws and regulations


    National regulatory framework

    Global database on OSH legislation

    Provides a picture of the regulatory framework of the main elements of OSH legislation. Contains comprehensive legal information and analysis.


    National legislation

    National labour legislation database

    Includes abstracts of OSH legislation and citation information. Full text of laws or a relevant source is linked to the records, when available.



    Occupational injuries

    Database of labour statistics

    Contains annual data collected mainly through the ILO yearly questionnaire. It covers a wide range of topics including occupational injuries.

  2. Work-related ill health, workplace fatalities and injuries, and enforcement

    Health and Safety Executive

Information and advisory services

  1. ILO-CIS centres

    1. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Research and Information Services
      Professional body for health and safety profession in the UK
    2. Health and Safety Executive (HSE)