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Workplace health and safety

The Commercial Regulatory Team perform a variety of duties with regard to the enforcement of Health and Safety at Work legislation, including:

  • inspections of commercial premises
  • accident investigation in commercial premises
  • advice to businesses, employees and the public
  • health and safety complaints investigations
  • enforcement of petroleum licence requirements
  • enforcing regulations to protect employees and customers alike.

Health and safety enforcement is a responsibility of both the Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), depending on the work activity.

Council Officers carry out health and safety enforcement in a variety of commercial premises including shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and residential care homes, offices and retail and wholesale warehousing.

The HSE is primarily responsible for enforcing health and safety in factories, building sites, schools and colleges, hospitals and nursing homes.

For a more comprehensive list of the type of premises or work activity where the Council or HSE enforce then please check the HSE website .

The HSE website  also contains a broad range of health and safety material and guidance that provides information on health and safety legislation and on what businesses have to do.


Accidents and incidents

Process to report accidents, incidents, injuries or dangerous occurrences


Concerns and enquiries

Health and safety complaints and enquiries


Risk assessments

Benefits of using risk assessments


Health and safety inspector

About health and safety inspectors visiting your workplace


Related websites

HSE