Health and safety
The Protection and Safety team in Environmental Health are responsible for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in certain premises throughout the borough.
We enforce health and safety law in offices, shops, warehouses, places used for leisure activities and other non-industrial premises. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deal with factories and other industrial operations. This ensures that safe and healthy working conditions are provided for all employees, the self-employed and members of the public visiting these premises.
The HSE website is an excellent source of health and safety information which is continually kept up to date.
All businesses have a responsibility for protecting the health and safety of their staff and others affected by their work activity.
Where work practices or conditions contravene health and safety law, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means, but if this is not possible, or if the danger posed gives rise to a risk of serious personal injury, then we may need to take formal action. This could involve either serving legal notices, prosecution, or in situations where serious personal injury could arise, a prohibition notice requiring immediate action.
Priority topic inspections
When we visit a place of work we will assess how the business occupier is managing risks to employees and others who may be affected by what they do. We will concentrate on those things which are most likely to kill, injure and make people ill - these are known as priority topics.
The priority topics which are deemed to be the most common causes of accident or ill health are:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falls from heights
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Workplace transport
The Protection and Safety team can investigate complaints from staff or customers relating to health or safety issues in commercial premises. If you have a complaint that cannot be resolved directly with the management of a premises or an employer please contact us.
The law requires certain work-related injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to be reported to the enforcing authority for health and safety (this may be Rushcliffe Borough Council or the Health and Safety Executive).
What needs to be reported?
The following must be reported without delay (usually by telephone) and followed up with a completed Report of a dangerous occurrence (F2508) form within 10 days.
- Death or major injuries to an employee or a self-employed person working on your premises
- Death or hospitalisation of a member of the public.
The following must be reported with a completed Report a dangerous occurrence /injury / disease (F2508/ F2508A) form within 10 days. When completed, it must be returned to the enforcing authority for your business.
- Over three day injury to an employee or a self-employed person working on your premises
- Disease suffered by an employee that is related to work activities
- Dangerous occurrence that does not result in a reportable injury but which clearly could have done.
You can also report these issues to the incident contact centre directly by:
- Phone - 0845 300 9923 (8.30am – 5pm)
- Fax - 0845 300 9924 (anytime)
- Web - www.riddor.gov.uk
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post - Incident Contact Centre, Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly, F83 3GG.
For more help about accident reporting visit the Reporting of Accidents, Diseases and Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) website.
Advice and guidance
The protection and safety team can provide advice and guidance to new and existing businesses in the borough on the statutory requirements and recognised good health and safety practice. If you need advice, please contact us.