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Why are there health and safety laws?

The law is there to protect employees and the public from workplace dangers. Health and Safety at Work is very important, so there are laws which require all of us not to put ourselves or others in danger.  

Does health and safety law apply to me?

Yes, to all businesses, however small; also the self-employed and to all employees. 

Who enforces health and safety in my business?

Either your local Environmental Health Service or the Health and Safety Executive, depending the type of work undertaken by your business.  

What do inspectors do?

They visit workplaces to check that the law is being complied with. Mainly they help you to understand what you need to do. They take enforcement action only when something is seriously wrong. Their main aim is to help you get it right.

How do I get more information?

You can use the contact details below and one of our officers will be able to assist you. Alternatively for more general information click on the link to the Health and Safety Executive website.  

Do I need to display any posters?

Yes, if you employ anyone you have to display the Health and Safety law poster . To order a poster, ring HSE Books on 01787 881165 or alternatively click on the link provided.

Do I have to report injuries at work?

Yes. Please refer to our page on Accident Reporting and RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences) for more specific information. 



Contact Information

Environmental Health - Regulatory Services
Telephone: 01563 576790