This memorandum has been prepared for the Scottish Affairs Committee and provides an overview of the Health and Safety Executive’s work in Scotland.

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Overall responsibility for health and safety in Scotland remains a reserved issue and has not been devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Health and Safety Executive is a non departmental public body of the Department for Work and Pensions. The Health and Safety Executive operates nationally and thus does not have specific home nation targets and performance measures. In enforcing health and safety compliance, the Health and Safety Executive shares its role with local authorities. The 32 local authorities in Scotland carry out inspections and investigations upon 45 per cent of Scotland’s workforce..March 2011


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