Health and safety
Health and safety at work
All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers. Employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters.
If you are an employer, self-employed or a person in control of work premises, you are required to report:
- serious workplace accidents
- occupational diseases
- specified dangerous occurrences (near misses)
Our Environmental Health team enforce Health and Safety legislation in non-manufacturing premises such as offices, shops, warehouses and service industries, while the Health and Safety Executive is responsible for factories, workshops and construction sites.
We ensure that the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and its associated regulations are known and followed by employers and their employees.
- We conduct Health and Safety inspections
- We provide advice and guidance
- We undertake accident and incident investigations
- We carry out enforcement action where necessary
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