Health and safety legislation applies to all workplaces, even if you are self employed. If you employ staff then you will need to ensure that they are suitably protected whilst they are at work.
Even if you do not employ anyone, you still have a duty to ensure that members of the public are not at risk of injury or ill health when on your premises. This is done by identifying the hazards to their health or safety and taking steps to prevent or control them. This process is called Risk Assessment. More information on risk assessment and health and safety requirements is available on the Health and Safety Executive's website.
Advice and guidance in health and safety for premises we enforce is available from the Food Health and Safety Team whose contact details are below.
Safer Workplace Better Business (SWBB) pack
Complying with health and safety law can be difficult, especially for small businesses that may not have the necessary expertise in-house.
The Safer Workplace, Better Business (SWBB) pack produced by Torbay Council aims to help small businesses comply. The SWBB pack aims to ensure that small businesses comply with requirements of current Health and Safety standards. Each section explains the employers duties, the actions required, and allows the employer to document policies, controls and procedures they implement within their business. Once completed the pack will enable the business to identify key hazards in their workplace, introduce suitable control measures and have a documented system available for inspection by enforcement officers. The pack is available to download from the Torbay Council website.
Health and safety inspection
Officers of the Food Health and Safety Team of the Environmental Health Section may visit to undertake checks on offices, shops, warehouses, places used for leisure activities and other non-industrial premises. The Health and Safety Executive deal with factories and other industrial operations Link to Health and Safety Executive's website.
These inspections ensure that safe and healthy working conditions are provided for all employees, the self-employed and members of the public visiting these premises. Inspections are carried out without prior notification. During an inspection, officers will need to be satisfied that:-
- Any hazards to peoples' health, safety and welfare, which arise out of or in connection with work have been identified and the associated risks adequately controlled.
- The level of health and safety training of managers and employees is suitable.
- Structural and environmental conditions are satisfactory and that plant and equipment are safe.
Where work practices or conditions fall short of what is regarded as satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means. If this is not possible, or if the danger posed gives rise to a risk of serious personal injury, then officers may resort to formal action.
This could involve either the service of a legal notice, prosecution, or in situations where serious personal injury could arise, a prohibition notice requiring immediate action.
In performing our duties we adhere to Central Government Codes of Practice and guidance issued by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also follow our own internal quality procedures.
Health and Safety Complaint Investigation
Complaints about working conditions are always investigated sensitively and the complainant's confidentiality is assured. Such matters are usually resolved by giving advice to the employer, but as with accident investigation, if formal action is needed then this will be taken.
If you wish to report an issue regarding health and safety, please contact us at the address given below.
Health and Safety Accident Investigation
The investigation of dangerous occurrences and accidents at work also forms an important part of our work. The outcome of these enquiries usually involves the giving of advice to the employer. If a blatant breach of requirements is identified as the main reason for an accident happening, then formal action may result. For more information on accident reporting, go to the Health and Safety Executive's website.
Notice and Prosecution Register
If a business has been subject to a notice for health and safety work to be undertaken which may effect the public or have been prosecuted for health and safety breaches by Erewash Borough Council, a register entry is made. Details of the register is available by contacting us at the address below.
If businesses have been subject to formal action by the Health and Safety Executive, the details are available on the Health and Safety Executive's Public Register of Convictions website.