We normally enforce health and safety standards by giving advice on how to comply with the law. Sometimes we must order people to make improvements by issuing them with a notice, either:
- an improvement notice which allows time for the recipient to comply or
- a prohibition notice which prohibits an activity until remedial action has been taken.
We issue notices to companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. The notice may involve one or more instances when the recipient has failed to comply with health and safety law - each one of these is called a "breach".
If necessary, we may prosecute recipients for non-compliance with a notice. There are also circumstances when no further action will be taken against non-compliance.
We follow our enforcement policy to decide on the most appropriate action to take.