Following a Government-initiated review, it has been decided that HSE should remain as a separate entity. The alternative was to spread its functions among other departments.
The review is ongoing and once it has been decided exactly how HSE should be structured, a new Chief Executive will be appointed. The previous incumbent, Geoffrey Podger, has left the Civil Service and moved to New Zealand where he is helping to set up a new national safety system. In the meantime, HSE has bucked the trend and been given provisional authority to recruit 24 new inspectors, those post are due to start on 4 November 2013.