The aim of the Health & Safety Team is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and members of the public in workplaces which are the responsibility of the local authority.
Health & safety law enforcement is split between the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities, dependent upon type of premises. In general local authorities deal with:
- retail premises
- transport undertakings
- residential care homes
- leisure complexes
- animal boarding/breeding establishments
- personal services (e.g. body piercing)
- safety of sports grounds
In Stockport these total in the region of 7,000 premises.
The team investigate all reported accidents and dangerous occurrences at work co-operating with the Police and other emergency services as necessary.
Unannounced inspections are undertaken based on a planned programme which takes into account 'risk factors' i.e. the more chance there is of people being injured the more frequent the inspections - this is a national system.
We have created the 'health and safety that works' pack (PDF 4.4Mb) to assist employers in complying with their statutory duties.