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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Health and Safety Inspectorate: who we are and what we do

​​​​The Health and Safety Inspectorate (HSI) is the sole independent regulator for workplace health and safety in Jersey.  We cover all workplaces and work activities on the Island.

What w​e do

We enforce the Health & Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989, which is criminal law with offences subject to unlimited fines and in some cases imprisonment. 

The fundamental principle of health and safety law is that those that create the risks are best placed to control them. Our role is to work with employers, the self-employed etc. to help them understand the risks they create and how to manage them.  

We use a variety of methods to influence behavioural change and help people manage their risks at work. These include:

  • providing advice, information and guidance
  • raising awareness in workplaces by influencing and engaging
  • operating licensing activities for higher-risk work 
  • carrying out targeted inspections and investigations
  • taking enforcement action to prevent harm and hold those who break the law to account

​We are a small team, and it is impossible for us to inspect every one of the businesses in Jersey. We target our activities on those sectors and activities with the most serious risks or where the risks are least well-controlled.    

What w​​​e do​​n’t do

We are not a substitute for competent health and safety advice.  If you do not have sufficient in-house expertise, you should engage a competent health and safety advisor or consultant. 

We are not a health & safety consultancy; we cannot undertake risk assessments or develop method statements on your behalf.  

If you are injured at work HSI cannot advise on civil claims that you may wish to pursue.

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