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Health and Safety in business

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.

Health and safety registrations

Find out more about health and safety registrations.

Animal health and welfare

We are responsible for ensuring satisfactory animal welfare standards.

Fireworks and bonfire safety

Fireworks are a traditional part of enjoying celebrations such as Bonfire Night or New Year but they are the cause of around a thousand serious accidents every year (source: HSE) - it should be remembered that they are dangerous explosives.

Gas safety for businesses and commercial premises

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 place duties on gas consumers, installers, suppliers and landlords.

Home safety

Slips and trips and falls are some of the most common causes of injury at home.

Infectious diseases

If you suspect you are suffering from an infectious disease, including food poisoning, it is recommended that you consult your GP as soon as possible.

Accidents and injuries in the work place

It's a legal requirement to report certain accidents and incidents.

Office safety

Although the office may not be a particularly hazardous place in which to work it would be a mistake to think that accidents never occur.

Noise in the entertainment industry

People who work or perform in pubs or clubs where amplified music is played are likely to experience high noise levels and regular exposure to high levels of noise causing permanent hearing damage.


It against the law for under 18s to use a sunbed in a business premises. Using a sunbed also increases your risk of getting skin cancer. 

Warehousing safety

In 2007/08 the storage, warehousing and road haulage industries reported over 10,000 work related accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities.

Event safety

Good planning and organisation is essential to putting on an event that is both safe and enjoyable. 

Health and 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.

Training for health and safety

Providing health and safety information and training helps to ensure your employees are not injured or made ill by the work they do; develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone; find out how you could manage health and safety better; meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.

Risk assessment in the workplace

As an employer, the law requires you to assess and manage health and safety risks - for most businesses this is not difficult to do.

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.

The newly formed Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPS&S), part of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, supersedes the former Regulatory Delivery directorate, and will work with local authorities and others to take forward its responsibilities, including Primary Authority and Better Business for All. The office has been created to provide national capacity on product safety.

Further details are available via their newsletter.

How do I make a complaint about health and safety?

The Council does not deal with all health and safety matters, the Health and Safety Executive deal with certain workplaces. If the matter is for HSE please contact them.

If the matter is for Local Authority enforcement then please use our online Health & Safety form. We treat complaints very seriously and sensitively, particularly where sub-standard or poor work conditions are notified.

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.