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Health and safety at work

We plan health and safety work and react to health and safety issues in accordance with guidance from the Health and Safety Executive. We aim to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people affected by work activities for which we have enforcement responsibility which include:

  • shops and offices
  • hotels and catering establishments
  • sports and leisure and consumer services
  • places of worship and warehouses

We also promote health and safety within these activities by carrying out planned projects.

Responsibility in most other workplaces falls to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Report an accident at work 

Report injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR): 

Report an accident at work

Download a health and safety action plan

After a visit by a health and safety officer if you are asked to fill in a health and safety action plan. Here is the template:

Risk assessments

Risk assessments are an essential part of ensuring your business operates in a safe and legal manner, so that employees and public are protected. If you are a small or medium sized employer and have difficulty doing a risk assessment to meet the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 see the HSE example risk assessments.

Managing Legionella

It is very important that all public, residential and office buildings manage and keep all water systems safe whilst closed or during partial shutdown.

Chartered Institute of Environment Health has released guidance to consider, as a way of managing legionella before re-opening of businesses. 

The European Study Group for Legionella Infections has produced guidance on managing legionella in water systems in your businesses.

The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group have guidance on temporary pool closures which may be helpful for leisure centres and swimming pools.

Chemicals and other hazardous substances 

Read the guidance: Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Essentials.

Help and advice for new businesses

Read advice for start up companies and small businesses: ABC to Health and Safety.

Cooling towers and evaporative condensers

Cooling towers and evaporative condensers help to remove excess heat from sites.

You must notify us if your commercial site uses a cooling tower or evaporative condenser. Please fill in the following form on the website:

Notify us of cooling towers and evaporative condensers

List of sites operating cooling towers

View our list of sites operating cooling towers:

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