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Health and safety at work

Last Modified January 17, 2020

We enforce health and safety at work.


  • inspect places of work to ensure compliance with health and safety law
  • use educational techniques, as well as legal means, to achieve compliance
  • investigate accidents which occur in workplaces
  • investigate complaints about health, safety or welfare in work premises
  • license particular premises
  • advise other council departments about health and safety at events with a Public Entertainment Licence, cinemas, theatres etc
  • work with Planning and Building Control to advise on the health and safety implications of new developments
  • give advice
  • work with other health professionals locally and nationally 

We produce a service plan every year, detailing the aims and objectives of the Health and Safety Enforcement service and how it is run.

The service plan is produced in a format prescribed by the Health and Safety Executive. It is reviewed annually to identify the council's performance against it, any variance from it and areas for improvement within the service.

Health and Safety Service Plan and Review


Please contact us if you wish to make a complaint about health and safety or welfare conditions in a workplace. Please have full details ready of the premises concerned.

Some workplaces will be the responsibility of the Health and Safety Executive, rather than the council, according to the nature of the work carried out. We can advise you who the relevant 'enforcing authority' for health and safety purposes is, when you contact us or check the Enforcing Authority guide produced by the Health and Safety Executive.

If you make a complaint about a workplace, we will require your name, address and contact details so that we can keep you informed of our progress.

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