We carry out inspections under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to help us protect the health, safety and well-being of business employees and members of the public.
This allows us to visit your business without an appointment during normal working hours.
We may also inspect your business after a workplace incident or risk has been reported.
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Our focus is on helping businesses to understand what they need to do to operate a safe workplace.
We will provide or signpost you to useful information or as part of national or local health and safety projects.
An inspection may be carried out:
When we inspect your business, you can expect us to:
During an inspection, we will look at what you have in place to prevent harm to the health and safety of your employees and others.
The type of activity carried out by businesses may vary significantly, but typically the issues that we will consider include the following.
Visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for more information on the inspection process.
Our emphasis is on helping businesses by providing qualified advice and guidance to avoid significant risks.
Sometimes we may need to take further actions to achieve health and safety compliance, in accordance with our enforcement policy. These include the following.
Failure to comply with an improvement or prohibition notice is an offence. However, employers do have a right of appeal to an industrial tribunal within a specified time period.
The document below informs you how we enforce health and safety legislation. It also tells you what to expect from enforcement officers when they visit your business, and what guides them when carrying out inspections and dealing with breaches in the law.
You can contact us for information about health and safety inspections using the details below.
Phone: 02380 285411
Food and Safety Team
Our office hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday: 8.45am to 4.45pm