Workplace health and safety

1. Overview

The aim of the Health and 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 and safety law enforcement is split between the Health and 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. For example: 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. For example; the more chance there is of people being injured the more frequent the inspections. This is a national system.

We've created the health and safety that works pack (PDF 372.59Kb) to help employers in complying with their statutory duties.