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Health and safety regulation

Health and safety legislation is enforced by either ourselves or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) depending on the main activity. We are the enforcing authority for activities such as offices, retail, leisure, hospitality and storage.

The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for activities such as factories, construction sites, farms and schools.

Health and safety inspections

There are several reasons why officers may undertake an inspection of or visit to a workplace. This may be because the work activity is relevant to national or local priority enforcement campaigns for example Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) pipework replacement, asbestos or legionella management. Officers may also visit a premises as part of an accident investigation or following receipt of a complaint regarding health and safety at the premises.

Accidents and incidents

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) places a duty on employers and self-employed persons to report and keep records of certain work related injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

You can find full details of the types of injuries, diseases and incidents which must be reported at the Riddor section of the Health and Safety Executive web site.

Only fatal and major injuries can be reported by phone to the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923.

Managing health and safety

Risk assessment

Health and safety law requires all employers and self-employed persons to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of both employees and any other persons who may be affected by the work activity. Where the employer has five or more employees it is also a requirement that the significant findings of the risk assessment are recorded.

The risk management section of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) web site contains useful information and resources to assist employers with the risk assessment process. This includes template risk assessment forms as well as example risk assessments for areas such as offices, catering and transport.

Health and safety policy

Employers with five or more employees are required by law to prepare a written health and safety policy statement. The purpose of the statement is to outline the employer's health and safety objectives for the business and the management arrangements in place to ensure that the objectives are met.

Health and safety training

Health and safety law also requires employers to provide any information, instruction and training that is required to ensure the health and safety at work of their employees. For more information on training requirements please see HSE guidance.

Health and safety made simple

Health and safety made simple provides resources and guidance to assist businesses manage health and safety. Topics covered include risk assessment, policy, training and employee consultation. There is also template risk assessment and health and safety policy statement forms

Safer workplace better business

Safer Workplace Better Business is an easy-to-use toolkit designed to assist small businesses effectively manage health and safety and comply with health and safety law.

The pack contains template risk assessment forms and templates. There are also forms to help with record keeping, staff training and supervision, maintenance and the accident book. The pack can be downloaded from the links below.

Further information and guides

Contact us

If you have a concern about health and safety matters at a workplace and would like our officers to investigate then please contact us. Please note, we can only investigate complaints relating to workplaces where we are the appropriate enforcing authority. Please see the list at the top of this page for details of the type of workplaces that would come under this authorities remit for health and safety.

Report a complaint

Health and safety complaints can be reported online.

If your complaint relates to an activity which is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive, eg construction, agriculture, education, then please contact the HSE directly.