Health and Safety at Work

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others who could be affected by the work activity.

Enforcement of health and safety regulation in the UK is either the responsibility of the relevant local authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), depending on the work activity. Generally speaking, the HSE enforce the higher risk workplaces, such as construction and manufacturing.

As part of our Environmental Health function, we are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulation in around 1,800 workplaces across Oxford, such as shops, warehouses, cafes and offices. As part of this function we investigate health and safety complaints and accidents at work.

Health and Safety Advice

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website contains a wealth of health and safety information and advice including:

  • A practical health and safety toolbox for businesses on how to control health and safety risk at work. This includes information on how to conduct risk assessments and gives examples of completed risk assessments for different workplaces
  • Sector specific health and safety codes of practice and guidance