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Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN)

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) may issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) if they believe that a person is breaking the law, or likely to break the law, a provision of HSWA, or the Regulations.

A PIN may be issued to any person, including the business that the HSR works for, a worker or another business.

Who can issue a PIN?

A PIN can only be issued by an HSR who has completed initial or additional HSR health and safety training specified in the Regulations for Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation.

An HSR can issue a PIN to a person or business if the HSR reasonably believes that person is breaking the law, or is likely to break the law, a provision of HSWA, or the Regulations.

The PIN tells the person what the health and safety issue is and can include recommendations to resolve the issue (eg by fixing or preventing a problem) by a certain date. However, the HSR must not issue a PIN to a person or business unless they have first consulted that person or business. 

There is no requirement to use a particular PIN form. An HSR can design their own form, provided that it includes specific details (see the list in the document at the link above).

Last updated 4 July 2017

PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.