Complaints about HSENI

Information on how to make a complaint about HSENI can be found here.

Although our objective is to provide a top quality service, there may be occasions when you believe that you have not received the level of service you are entitled to. If this arises, we are keen to ensure that you bring such instances to our attention so that your concern can be addressed.

If we have made a mistake, you will receive an apology and we will take corrective action promptly.

Many concerns arise from misunderstandings and can be resolved by contacting the member of staff with whom you have been dealing.

If you would prefer not to contact the member of staff concerned, or if you believe they have not resolved your concern, you can make a formal complaint in writing. 

How to make a complaint

To make a complaint you should write in the first instance to Louis Burns at the following address or email:

Head of Services Division 
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
83 Ladas Drive 
BT6 9FR 

Mark your envelope “Personal and Confidential”.

All complaints will be thoroughly investigated.  

If Louis cannot respond immediately he will acknowledge your letter within two working days, arrange for your case to be examined and reply to you within ten working days.

If it is not possible to deal with your complaint within this time, for example, because it involves complex matters or requires detailed investigation, we will explain why and let you know when you can expect a response.

If you are still dissatisfied you should write to HSENI's chief executive Keith Morrison at the following address or email:

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
83 Ladas Drive 

Keith will reply within ten working days.


If you are still not satisfied you can complain to the Ombudsman in his role as Commissioner for Complaints.

The Ombudsman will expect you to have used our complaints procedure before referring a complaint to him/her.

You can find out more about making a complaint to the Ombudsman in writing or by telephone: 

The Ombudsman

Persistent complainants and vexatious complaints

A very small number of customers pursue the same issue repeatedly, even though HSENI feels it has done all it can to settle the matter. Under these circumstances we may decide that there is no purpose to be served by continuing to respond. We will ensure that the complainant has been offered the opportunity and been told how to escalate their complaint, including to HSENI’s complaints reviewer and the Northern Ireland Ombudsman where appropriate.

If we are are satisfied that we have dealt with all aspects of the complaint, we will write to the complainant explaining that we have nothing useful to add to earlier correspondence and that we will not therefore be responding to further communications on the matter unless there is new information for us to consider.