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Workplace health and safety

1. Overview

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
  • warehousing
  • transport undertakings
  • hotels
  • residential care homes
  • leisure complexes
  • animal boarding/breeding establishments
  • personal services (e.g. body piercing)
  • offices
  • 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.