Health and safety at work - regulation and inspection
What does the Health and Safety team do?
The Health and Safety Team performs a wide range of duties designed to protect the health, safety and well being of people who work and visit places of work within our city, including inspections on work-related accidents.
Our main areas of activity are:
- Inspecting places of work
- Investigating accidents
- Dealing with complaints about health, safety and welfare
- Promoting safety at work
- Advising local businesses
- Smoking policies at work
All these premises are monitored and inspected in accordance with a national risk rating scheme - the riskier the activities, the more often they will be inspected. Many low risk activities, like small offices, may only receive occasional visits or self assessment questionnaires.
The inspections are carried out by and large without appointment so that inspectors can get a true picture of what happens on a day to day basis.