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Health and Safety

Information, Advice and Other Useful Links

The Council is committed to working together with proprietors and managers of local businesses to achieve high standards and prevent problems. We are always willing to give advice on legislation, or practical problems, so if you are considering setting up a business, or wish to discuss anything in relation to your existing premises, please feel free to contact us.


All businesses need to ensure that they are aware of the legal requirements that apply to their business. There are a number of free sources of advice available to you. There is a website which provides guidance on most areas of legislation enforced by Environmental Health and Trading Standards. It is called ERWIN (everything regulatory whenever it's needed) and provides guidance which is particularly suited to small and medium sized businesses
ERWIN - http://www.businesscompanion.info/ is a free simple online tool which provides information on what you need to do to comply in an easy language (no complicated legal terms!) all in one place. It covers lots of other business requirements too. It also tells you what is most important i.e. what you should do first!

Go to the site, sign up and log on and complete the checklists. If you sign up you will also receive regular updates when there are changes to the law.

Other useful links

HSE - SMALL BUSINESSES: Getting started on health and safety

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health:

the legislation.gov.uk website

Last updated: 01/04/2021