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Health and Safety

Coronavirus: We are following government advice and updates about any impact on our services will be added here as soon as possible:

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Specific Health and Safety Advice for Businesses during the Outbreak

Social Distancing at Work - What steps you should take during the outbreak.

Protecting Home Workers - You are still responsible for the health and safety of your workers while they work at home.  Find more information on how to do this here.

Riddor Reporting Covid-19 - If a worker has been diagnosed as having Covid -19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work it must be reported as a case of disease. 

Drivers Welfare and Hours - The Department for Transport have announced a temporary and limited relaxation in the enforcement of drivers' hours rules for drivers involved in the delivery of certain products. When accepting deliveries, you must continue to provide welfare facilities for delivery drivers who visit your site.


Your Food and Safety Team is here to support you

We want to work with you to ensure that you understand and can comply with Health and Safety requirements and that your work activities are carried out safely.  We know that health and safety law may appear complicated and time consuming, however, it is likely that for most businesses you will only need to complete a few simple checks to ensure you are doing what is required.

The Health and Safety Executive have developed a health and safety made simple toolkit to help small businesses. Below are links to the topics we feel will be needed by most businesses (these links are to another website).

AsbestosCompetent Person


Display Screens

First Aid

Health &  Safety Policy
Health & Safety PosterLegionella

Manual Handling

RIDDORRisk Assessments

Slips & Trips

TrainingWork Equipment

Working from Height

Workplace Facilities 


This list is not meant to be a prescriptive nor exhaustive list and if you require advice on a topic not displayed then there is a more comprehensive range of guidance available.

If your business carries out high risk activities we are likely to contact you to discuss the measures that you have in place to control the risks.  We normally will not need to visit you, but may be able to help you by providing you with targeted health and safety information.


Report a health and safety incident

Employers, the self-employed and those in control of premises in the New Forest must report specified workplace incidents to us.

To report an accident follow the link to the online RIDDOR reporting page.

When we receive a report we will consider if further investigation is necessary.  The outcome of these enquiries usually involves the provision of advice to the employer. However if the investigation uncovers serious breaches of Health and Safety Law more formal action may have to be considered in line with our enforcement policy.

If you have any questions please contact us


Updated: 6 May 2020
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