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Health and safety at work

Environmental Health aims to ensure that all 6000 workplaces allocated to the council for enforcement in Southampton operate in compliance with the law, without causing death, injury and ill health to workers and other people. This page tells you how we work and what businesses need to do.

In order to assist Southampton businesses to operate in compliance with health and safety legislation, we operate a planned and prioritised inspection programme based on risk, we work in accordance with the Health and Safety Enforcement Policy.

We also promote health and safety through education, guidance and partnerships with employers. We investigate certain accidents, illnesses and near misses which have arisen due to work activities, and we also respond to complaints about unsafe practices.

What Will Inspectors Do?

Inspectors will assess how businesses manage risks to their employees and others who may be affected by what they do. We are looking for effective leadership of health and safety in the business. We will concentrate on those things which are most likely to kill, injure and make people ill. Priority topics include:

  • Asbestos
  • Falls from height
  • Workplace transport
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Slips and trips
  • Dermatitis
  • Violence and aggression


What Should Businesses Do?

Make sure you have identified a competent person to look after health and safety in your business. Effective leadership of health and safety within your business is important.

Do you know when and how to report any incidents? Use the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) link below. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website will be able to help you; There are example risk assessments and templates available free online – see the link below. And remember to involve your workers – they are the people who know both the problems and the solutions.

Most businesses produce waste of some kind, and it is important to make sure all waste is disposed of properly. Please see our ‘Safe Disposal of Waste’ page via the link below, and the Environment Agency website for more information.

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