Environmental Health and Trading Standards undertake a wide range of regulatory duties that seek compliance with legislative standards in order to protect people’s health, safety and wellbeing as well as the environment. They also assist in the promotion of economic growth and employment opportunities.
This work is carried out in the following service areas namely:
Environmental Safety and Health dealing with air quality, industrial noise, pollution control health & safety enforcement, occupational health, commercial noise control and animal welfare
Food Safety dealing with food hygiene, food complaints and infectious disease control
Trading Standards dealing with combating counterfeiting, rogue traders and underage sales, the quality, quantity, price and safety of goods and services and unfair commercial practises
Key to supporting these objectives is a regulatory regime that balances support and enforcement. It also provides advice that supports businesses to thrive and grow whilst targeting formal enforcement actions at those businesses that breach the legislation contrary to our local needs and priorities and obtaining an unfair competitive advantage.
Therefore to ensure a consistent and uniform regulatory approach across the Black Country which improves outcomes without imposing unnecessary burdens, the Authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton have adopted a joint Black Country Regulators Operating Framework. The Framework consists of a Regulator and Business Charter, Enforcement Policy and Service Standards.
The Framework is available for download in PDF format at the bottom of the page.
A public register of prosecutions is maintained giving details of concluded prosecutions in accordance with the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988.