Health and safety in the workplace

Our health and safety team undertakes inspections, investigates accidents and offers Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) approved training.

If you feel that where you work or visit is unsafe or affecting your health you should raise this issue with managers at your workplace. We deal with issues relating to dangerous activity that could potentially cause a major accident resulting in loss of life or limb.

Employers have a legal duty to display a safety poster in a prominent position in each workplace. Order your poster online or contact the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

See below for links to more information about the areas of our work:

Occupational health and safety

The council has a legal duty to enforce the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related legislation. Find out what the Health and Safety Enforcement team does to ensure that work premises are safe for employees and visitors. Visit our occupational health and safety page.

Interventions

We carry out a range of interventions including advisory visits and inspections in order to see the workplace, the work activities, management practices and procedures of a business. Learn more about the outcome of these interventions and the actions that take place following a breach of legislation. Visit our interventions page.

Risk assessment

Get advice on why you need a risk assessment, how to conduct one for your business and view the HSE sample risk assessments. Visit our risk assessment page

Accidents

Get more information about the kind of workplace accidents that need reporting and how to make your report on the HSE website. Visit HSE.gov.uk for advice on reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR).

Cooling tower registration

If you use cooling towers or evaporative condensers in your work activity, you are required to ensure effective maintenance in order to prevent the spread of legionella bacteria. You are also required to register your cooling tower with us.

Asbestos

Asbestos can be harmful. If you have asbestos-containing materials in your work place in areas such as your roofs, walls, boilers and pipework you are required to manage its presence and condition and contact us if the asbestos is worked on or removed. Visit our asbestos page.

Hazardous substances

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer. Businesses should be aware of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Visit our hazardous substances page.

Smoke-free workplaces

Since 2007 every indoor and partially-enclosed workplace and work vehicle has been required to be smoke-free. Find out what this means for your business. Visit our smoke-free workplaces page.

Fire safety

The London Fire Brigade enforces fire safety and facilitates petroleum licensing, visit www.london-fire.gov.uk/ for details.

Construction regulations

Health and safety on construction sites around Brent is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).