Richmondshire District Council

Enforcing health and safety regulations

We are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations at many workplaces in Richmondshire.

This ensures that the following are safe for all employees, customers and visitors:

  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Warehouses
  • Restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • Leisure premises
  • Care homes
  • Private nurseries

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations at:

  • Factories
  • Building sites
  • Schools and colleges
  • Fairgrounds
  • Gas, electricity and water systems
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Central and local government premises

We help to improve and protect the health and safety of people at work by:

  • Inspecting businesses to ensure that work premises are safe
  • Investigating workplace accidents, dangerous occurrences and ill health notifications
  • Investigating complaints about health and safety issues
  • Investigating formal reports of defective equipment
  • Monitoring notifiable asbestos removal
  • Registering people who carry out acupuncture, electrolysis, cosmetic piercing or tattooing and monitoring standards at premises
  • Enforcing the law restricting the opening hours of large shops on Sundays

We use a risk-based approach to health and safety enforcement and are committed to the principles of the Regulators Code

Advice for businesses

Health and safety law applies to all businesses however small. It covers employees, full or part-time, temporary or permanent, the self-employed, young people doing work experience, apprentices, charity workers, mobile workers and homeworkers. It also extends to any contractors or members of the public that visit your business.  

Managing health and safety

This advice is to help employers identify and comply with their health and safety law obligations.

Health and safety policy

If you employ five or more people you are required to prepare a written statement of your health and safety policy, describing the organisation and arrangements you have in place for carrying out the policy.

Employer's liability insurance

Employers must take out and maintain approved insurance policies against liability for injuries or diseases to their employees caused by their work.  A copy of your current employer's liability insurance certificate must be displayed at each premises. 

Health and safety information for employees

Employers must give information to employees by displaying a poster or distributing a leaflet.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers must make adequate arrangements for managing health and safety in their business.

The HSE provides information and tools to help businesses meet their legal obligations, including:

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