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Health and Safety

Ensuring high safety standards for employees and visitors to premises.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places responsibilities on employers, employees, and the self-employed to have regard for their own health and safety and that of others working for them, with them, or visiting their premises. Health and safety legislation is enforced in work places by the District Council or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

As a general rule factories, construction sites, medical activities and local authority premises are the responsibility of the HSE.  Offices, shops, warehouses, restaurants, hotels, places of worship and leisure and consumer services are the responsibility of the District Council.  The same laws apply in both cases.

Officers of the Council may visit work places without prior notice.  Inspections can be routine or to investigate accidents.

Officers are willing to provide advice on the application of the law.  However, where necessary, the legal powers of enforcement may be used subject to our pdf icon Enforcement Policy [89kb], for more information regarding this policy please call Environmental Health Services on 01884 255255.

If you have a complaint about working conditions or you require information about the application of the legislation to your business contact the Commercial Team on 01884 244603 or email:

Safer Work Better Business


The Safer Work Better Business pack created by the Devon H&S Sub-Group in now on-line Safer Work Better Business for businesses to download.  The idea is that the sections will be updated as things change etc.  Supported by the HSE and LG Regulation and modelled on the FSA's Safer Food Better Business pack - it could form the basis for a small/medium sized business to comply with the legal standards on H&S.

Priced publications can be ordered via HSE Books

If you require advice or information on Health and Safety matters you can call Environmental Health Services on 01884 255255. The Health and Safety Executive has produced a useful website where information and guidance leaflets can be downloaded HSE leaflets