Health and Safety Team: what do we do?

We undertake pro-active inspections of business premises in Doncaster in which we have enforcement powers.

The frequency of inspection is based on a risk rating classification allocated to them. We target our attention to those premises with the highest rating first, so resources are aimed at those premises posing the greatest risk.

These inspections are normally carried out without prior notification. During the inspections we ensure there is management awareness of health and safety issues, and effective policies and procedures in place for safety and training. We examine and assess the health, safety and welfare of the working environment. This will include aspects such as the general working conditions, machinery, use of hazardous substances and electrical/gas safety.

Where work practices or conditions fall short of what is regarded as satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means, but if this is not possible, or if the danger posed gives rise to a risk of serious personal injury, then officers will resort to formal action. This could involve either the service of a legal notice, prosecution, or in situations where serious personal injury could arise, a prohibition notice requiring immediate action.

Health and Safety priorities

We are currently placing emphasis on priority topic areas identified as those causing the most work days lost due to work-related accidents and ill-health. The areas we are focusing on during inspections include falls from height, workplace transport, slips, trips and falls, musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD’s) (e.g. manual handling) and workplace stress.

Complaints, accident investigations and enquiries

We investigate complaints relating to dangerous working practices or unsatisfactory conditions at the workplace. Complaints about working conditions are always investigated sensitively and the complainant's confidentiality is assured. The investigation of dangerous occurrences and accidents at work also forms an important part of the Team's work. The outcome of these enquiries may involve the giving of advice to the employer. However, If a blatant breach is identified as the main reason for an accident happening, then formal action will be taken.

In the event that someone who has been injured as a result of a work related accident wishes to pursue a compensation claim their legal advisor may wish to obtain a factual statement from us. This details the investigation into the accident and the findings.

Do you need assistance?

The Council is committed to working together with proprietors and managers to achieve high standards and prevent accidents. We are always willing to give advice on health and safety legislation, or practical problems, so if you are considering setting up a business, or wish to discuss anything in relation to your existing premises, please feel free to contact us:

Last updated: 08 December 2016 13:38:41