Our environmental health service carries out periodic routine inspections of a number of premises in the Borough. They aim to ensure that employees are working within a safe and healthy environment. They are carried out in line with guidance from the Health and Safety Commission. We produce a risk assessment for each premises to determine the minimum frequency that it will be inspected each year.
The Government and Health and Safety Commission (HSC) have set national targets for improving the work environment over the next 10 years to:
They have chosen four priority programmes for hazards where major improvements are needed. This has implications for everyone involved in health and safety at work as the areas selected are where injury or ill health rates are high and where it is thought we have the ability to bring about change and success. They are:
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities are being encouraged to target resources by focusing health and safety inspections on these five areas.
We will continue to use a risk-based approach but will use the priority topics as a prime means of judging an employer's management of health and safety. We will also cover matters of concern and significant issues raised by management, employees or their representatives. During a visit they will judge the relevance of each priority to your operation and address all significant risks. At the end of the visit they will summarise:
You can see more information can be found on the HSE website .