Health and safety at work

We are responsible for enforcing health and safety law in premises throughout the district such as:

  • offices
  • warehouses
  • cafes, restaurants and catering premises
  • residential accommodation (including residential homes but not nursing homes)
  • most shops (excluding dry cleaners)
  • sports, games or other entertainment centres
  • launderettes
  • beauty and health therapists (excluding doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, osteopaths or chiropractors)
  • undertakers
  • churches
  • care or treatment centres of animals (not horse breeding or training, agricultural activities or vets)

We don’t inspect these premises regularly but we respond to concerns about health and safety.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for all other premises including construction sites, factories and manufacturing, farming and agriculture and public services. If you have a concern regarding any of these sectors please contact the HSE.

All employers must, by law, protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees while at work. The owner of the business must find out what legal requirements have to be met and make sure everything is done to meet those requirements:

  • display specific information on the business premises
  • make sure the workplace is safe for employees and visitors
  • provide welfare facilities for employees
  • carry out risk assessments
  • maintain accurate records on health and safety
  • provide health and safety training to employees

Employers and employees can find out what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law from the HSE.

We don’t provide any health and safety training and are unable to provide recommendations for private companies.

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