Health and safety

We inspect businesses to make sure they comply with health and safety legislation.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) asbestos safety campaign

The beware asbestos campaign aims to raise awareness of the real and current risks facing today's trades people. It also seeks to help them work more safely when doing jobs that might disturb asbestos, to help protect them from harm.

There's a free web app to help trades people easily identify where they could come into contact with asbestos as they go about their day-to-day work. It leads trades people through a list of simple multiple-choice questions about the type of building they are working in, the job that they're doing, and the type of asbestos containing material they are working on.

Report unsafe work activities

Contact us if you think a business is not operating safely so we can investigate it.

We will investigate complaints about:

  • offices (except government offices)
  • shops
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • leisure premises
  • nurseries and playgroups
  • pubs and clubs
  • museums (privately owned)
  • places of worship
  • sheltered accommodation and care homes

Please tell us:

  • your name, address and contact details
  • the name and address of the workplace or activity you are concerned about
  • a description, including who is at risk and why, if the risk is happening now, how long it is likely to go on for, how often it happens and when and where any incident occurred

Report smoking in the workplace

Smoking in any workplace or public place that is enclosed or substantially enclosed is against the law.

If you know of a workplace that is breaking the smoking ban, tell us and we will investigate it.

Health and safety requirements for businesses

The HSE's health and safety made simple gives you all the information you need to comply with the law and manage health and safety in your business.

There are some things businesses need to do:

  • decide who will help with your duties
  • write a health and safety policy
  • manage the risks in your business
  • consult your employees
  • provide training and information
  • provide the right workplace facilities
  • make arrangements for first aid, accidents and ill health
  • display the health and safety law poster
  • get insurance
  • keep up to date

Smoke-free requirements

Smoking is banned in all workplaces or public places that are enclosed or substantially enclosed.

Smoking tobacco or anything that contains tobacco, or any other substance, including manufactured cigarettes, hand-rolled cigarettes, pipes and cigars, shisha (water pipes) or any substance in a form in which it could be smoked such as herbal and tobacco-free alternatives is not allowed.

Businesses must put measures into place for their premises and their employees to meet these legal duties.

Smoking shelters must comply with the smoke-free regulations and planning, noise pollution, licensing and building control legislation. Smoking (including shisha) is only allowed outside the open air, or where the requirements have been properly met for a structure to be non-substantially enclosed.

Page updated: 17/03/2016 09:00:00