The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has launched a public consultation on its policy on the use of permissioning regimes such as nuclear.

Vic Coleman, head of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) division leading the review for the HSC, said: “HSC has produced this draft policy statement to increase transparency and understanding of its approach to regulating high hazard industries through the use of permissioning regimes.

“The draft policy statement addresses many of the questions raised by respondents to the discussion document Regulating higher hazards: exploring the issues, published in 2000. In particular, it covers the call for greater clarity on the reasons behind decisions to impose permissioning regimes. The draft policy statement goes wider than the discussion document and will cover any new permissioning regimes which may be proposed or operated by HSC which feature the preparation of safety cases or safety reports and licensing.”