Health and safety at work

Role of the Council

We enforce the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act in a wide range of commercial premises in the borough. We also provide advice to businesses and members of the public in order to raise awareness of health and safety issues.

Some of the tasks carried out as part of this service include:
  • inspecting premises such as offices, shops and warehouses to make sure conditions are acceptable and safe
  • investigating accidents at work, which involve either staff or the general public
  • investigating complaints connected to health and safety

However, we are not able to investigate all incidents and complaints. If you need advice on a personal injury claim, the Citizens Advice Bureau may be able to help or you should contact a solicitor.

We can provide general information and advice to employers and employees who want to know more about health and safety legislation.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publish a wide range of guidance and information to employees and duty holders regarding their legal responsibilities.

Enforcement Policy Statement

Our Health and Safety Enforcement Policy Statement is in accordance with the Regulators’ Compliance Code and the regulatory principles required under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.

It sets out the general principles and approach which the health and safety enforcing authorities (mainly HSE and local authorities) are expected to follow.

Download our Health and Safety Enforcement Policy Statement