Regulating workplace health and safety
Regulation and inspection at work
Environmental Health are responsible for a wide variety of work places ranging from:
- leisure centres
- residential homes
The Local Authority National Enforcement code is used to ensure enforcement is targeted in accordance with national priorities. Where local problems are identified, our response will be proportionate to the risks involved.
Inspections are generally carried out without appointments so inspectors can gain a true picture of what happens day to day.
During an inspection, officers must establish if hazards to people's health, safety and welfare, which arise out of or in connection with work have been identified, and the associated risks adequately controlled. Officers will review the companies risk assessment, and ensure it is suitable and sufficient to control the risks.
Officers will also assess the level of health and safety training provided to managers and employees, and checks will be made on the adequacy of structural and environmental conditions and that plant and equipment are safe.
What if the inspection fails?
Where work practices or conditions fall short of the standard required, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means. If this is not possible, or if the danger posed gives rise to a risk of serious personal injury, officers must use formal action. Formal action could involve:
- serving an improvement notice
- a report to the Procurator Fiscal
- a prohibition notice requiring immediate action (where serious personal injury could arise)
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