Workplace Inspections

Officers from the Health & Safety section will visit workplaces to carry out routine inspections. The visit will involve three main elements:

1. Review business information e.g. ownership/ contact details;
2. Physical inspection;
3. Review of relevant records (see list below)
On average, inspections will last between 1-2 hours. The length of time is dependant on the size and complexity of the business. Officers have the legal right to enter premises at all reasonable times.
More information on health and safety inspections.

At the time of the inspection a report of visit will be left with employees on site with a copy forwarded onto the companies head office (as appropriate).

After the Inspection

If no contraventions of legislation are found a letter will be sent within 10 working days to reflect the satisfactory conditions.

Where contraventions of health and safety legislation are found officers will bring these matters to the attention of the person seen at the time of the inspection and speak to the employer if the employer was not present during the inspection.

Officers will then decide on the most appropriate course of action:
  • Send a letter;
  • Issue an Improvement Notice;
  • Issue an Prohibition Notice;
  • Issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (smoke free legislation only)
  • Instigate legal proceedings

In deciding which course of action to take Officers will refer to the Health and Safety Sections Enforcement Policy.

View the Enforcement Policy

Each premises is given a risk rating which reflects the risk of the business activity and the current standard of health and safety management. The score from the risk rating determines how often a premises will be inspected. Further information on the risk rating procedure is available from:

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