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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 web pages 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.

Sunbed Safety Campaign


If you are a business, you can now tell us about your health and safety information via the Health and Safety Business Contact Form.

The law affecting premises using sunbeds and artificial tanning equipment changed on the 8th April 2011.

Please note that it is illegal for people under 18 to use a sunbed.

Find out more before you visit or if you have a sunbed in your business. 

Gas safety in commercial kitchens

Gas Flame (source: www.hse.gov.uk/gas)

Ensuring your gas appliances are installed and maintained by a competent person is really important. As part of our service plan (bottom the page) our food safety inspectors are currently leaving a letter with restaurants and takeaway businesses advising them on gas safety in their kitchen.

We are also following up any serious problems with enforcement action, where necessary. If you want to know more about gas safety and what we're doing, visit our gas safety pages or click on the picture below.

What's new.....

Health and Safety Executive News

  • Six metre fall lands Orkney firm in court
    23/04/2014 An Orkney-based construction firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when he fell six metres through a roof sheet.
  • Firm sentenced after worker severely injured
    23/04/2014 A Stirlingshire company has been fined for serious safety failings after a foundry worker's legs were crushed when he was struck by a one tonne mould in a casting box while turning it with an overhead crane.
  • West Midlands firm in court over dangerous machinery risks
    23/04/2014 A West Midlands company that makes roller shutters has been fined after an employee severed part of his finger in an unguarded machine.
  • Work equipment and machinery: FAQs – Powered gates
    23/04/2014 A series of FAQs on the risks associated with powered gates including, what you must do if you are an installer or a maintenance contractor, the main safety requirements and what the law says about powered gates, has been produced.
  • Worker suffers broken back after six-metre fall
    22/04/2014 A solar panel installation firm and its technical director have been prosecuted after an employee broke his back when he fell six metres through the roof light of a barn in Northamptonshire.

Change to Notifying Injuries

As of 6 April 2012, the over-three-day accident and injury reporting requirement has changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). More information on the accident/injury webpage.

Licences and Registrations

The Council also issues a number of licences and registrations to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and members of the public. These include:

If you have problem with a registered premises please contact us.

Health & safety enforcement

Enforcement of the law is split between the Council and the Health and Safety Executive. In general, all non-industrial premises, offices, shops, warehouses and places used for leisure activities and worship are enforced by the Council. The Council follow the Enforcement Policy and Charter when taking enforcement action.

We have also signed up to the Government's "Enforcement Concordat" and the Regulators Compliance Code which sets out principles of good practice in regulatory and enforcement activity.

Contact Details

  • Name Food and Occupational Safety
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345
  • Fax 01384 814665