Health and safety affects people and businesses throughout the Borough and beyond. It is a part of our lives in many different ways. These pages are mainly concerned about health and safety in businesses in the Borough. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 itself does not define either 'health' or 'safety' but it does place a wide variety of duties on employers, the self-employed, employees and visitors, contractors and guests.
How do I make a complaint about health and safety?
Please see our online Health & Safety form. We treat complaints very seriously and sensitively, particularly where sub-standard or poor work conditions are notified. The Council does not deal with all health and safety matters, therefore it may be necessary for us to refer your concerns to another enforcement body such as the Health and Safety Executive and in rare occasions, such as those involving fatalities, the Police.
Need business advice?
If you're thinking about setting up a new business or already have a business and are just looking for information on health and safety please look at our webpages or have a look at the government's online information and the Health and Safety Executive's websites. The Council is also offering support through Dudley Means Business. The Business Link startup advice is also very useful if you're starting up a new business.
The Health and Safety Executive's Health and Safety Made Simple guidance is a really good starting point too.
In addition you can request advice from us using our Health & Safety form.