Health and Safety at Work
We are responsible for ensuring that certain businesses provide a safe working environment for employees, members of the public and contractors. The enforcement of health and safety at work is divided between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a central government agency, and local authorities.
The HSE are responsible for:
- manufacturing industries
- demolition sites
- council buildings
- other public buildings
The council is responsible for:
- retail premises
- cooling tower notifications
- certain warehouses
- leisure type premises
- certain service type industries including private residential care homes
The council’s food safety group enforces health and safety in food businesses, except food manufacturers. For more information on food safety please look at the Food Health and Safety page.
- Accident Investigations
- Health and Safety Information/Advice
- Prohibition Notices
We inspect high risk premises or processes.
The risks that are assessed include:
- size of the business,
- machinery and equipment used
- the attitude of managers/owners towards health and safety
- access by members of the public
We will also inspect premises where we receive intelligence of poor health and safety practices.
Fire safety at work is the responsibility of the fire authority: the London Fire Brigade. We will inform the fire authority of any fire precautions or issues noted on site during an inspection.
For more information about fire safety at work, please visit the London Fire Brigade website (external link).
We carry out investigations into accidents that have occurred at a workplace, including situations where members of the public have been taken to hospital or sought medical advice as a result of an accident at a shop or workplace.
We investigate complaints relating to health and safety at those premises for which we are responsible.
Our experienced and dedicated officers offer free health and safety information and advice to businesses, employees and members of the public to assist them in providing a safer and healthier work environment, employees and business.
We use educational techniques as well as enforcement to achieve compliance with Health and Safety regulations.
For more advice please see:
If premises are found to be unsafe after a visit, or investigation by an officer, the business could be served with:
- a Prohibition Notice: to stop dangerous activities.
- an Improvement Notice or letter: detailing contraventions or bad practices found at the time of inspection.
- verbal advice: for minor contraventions.
As a last resort, or as a consequence of an accident investigation where serious failings by the business were found, the health and safety team may commence legal proceedings against the company, individuals or both.
If businesses have been prosecuted for Health and Safety breaches, the details will be available on the Health and Safety Executive's Public Register of Convictions website (external link).
Commercial Environmental Health
Level 1 North - River Park House
225 High Road
Tel 020 8489 1335