Health and Safety Enforcement

This section of the website provides information on:

The enforcement of health and safety legislation is split between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities (LA's).

HSE cover premises such as offshore and nuclear installations, farms, fairgrounds, factories, building sites, mines and quarries, railways and chemical plant.

LA's cover premises such as shops, offices, warehouses, hotels and catering, sport, leisure, consumer services (e.g. hairdressers, shoe repair, tyre and exhaust fitters), residential care homes and churches.

You can find more detail guidance on health and safety inspection allocation  in the A–Z of Guide to allocation.

The Council's Health and Safety Enforcement Team aim is to reduce work related deaths, injuries and ill health.  To achieve this they:

  • inspect workplaces to make sure that risks are effectively managed
  • investigate accidents, dangerous occurrences and occupational ill-health
  • investigate complaints about working conditions or work practices
  • provide guidance and advice to businesses and members of the public

Health and Safety Inspections  
You can find more information about what to expect when an inspector calls on HSE’s website.

Regulation Enforcement Policy 
The Regulation Enforcement Policy sets out the general principles and approach that Health and Safety Officers will follow when making enforcement decisions.