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Health and Safety

What an Inspector will carry out

The main areas of activity for Health and Safety Officers from the Council will involve:


  • Inspecting workplaces
  • Investigating accidents
  • Dealing with complaints about health, safety and welfare
  • Promoting safety at work
  • Advising local businesses

All premises are monitored and inspected in accordance with a national risk rating scheme - the riskier the activities, the more frequently they will be inspected.


Inspections are often carried out without appointment so that Officers can get a true picture of what happens on a day to day basis.


When Officers visit work premises, they will assess how hazards are being managed to reduce the risks to employees and others who may be affected. They will concentrate on 'priority topics' that statistics show are most likely to kill, injure or make people ill at work, as a means of finding out if health and safety is being managed. They will expect all hazards to have been identified and appropriate controls to be in place to reduce the risks so far as is reasonably practicable. This topic based approach is in line with current guidance from Health and Safety Executive. This approach is known as FIT 3, which means 'Fit for work, fit for life, fit for tomorrow.


Last Updated: 04/11/2011