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Health and Safety

Information about Health and Safety, training available and reporting an accident at work.

Health and Safety

The Council carries out health and safety inspections in certain specific work sector businesses. This is because they have been recognised as needing more advice so they meet their health and safety management requirements.

Inspections are often carried out without prior notification to the owner of the business, with higher risk premises being visited more frequently. During an inspections, officers need to be satisfied that:

  • any hazards to health, safety and welfare have been identified
  • the risks in the workplace are adequately controlled
  • the level of Health and Safety training for managers and employees is adequate
  • there is an understanding of the need for Health and Safety Risk Assessments in the workplace

A risk assessment is an examination of what could cause harm to people in your work. It helps you to weigh up if you have taken enough precautions, or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable precautions. pdf icon Advice on risk assessments. [131kb]

If an inspector judges health and safety practices or conditions to be unsatisfactory, they will attempt to firstly resolve the situation informally.

Reporting Accidents at Work

Employers, and the self employed, must report serious work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurances to the Health and Safety Executive.

Health and Safety Advice

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website provides information on the Health and Safety courses in Cambridgeshire.

Our pdf icon Health and Safety Manual [936kb] can help you develop and practice good health and safety management within your organisation. It includes information sheets on different types of work activities that may be applicable to your business. By working through the manual, the main requirements of current health and safety legislation can be met. It also provides a variety of templates that can be copied and used, or adapted to meet your organisational requirements. Information is also given on the main legislation, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Guidance Notes and Approved Codes of Practice. These are very specific and may be relevant to your business or the activities you undertake.