Health and Safety at work

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and related legislation, is enforced at individual work premises by either the Health or Safety Executive, or us - the Local Authority, according to the main activity carried out there.

Regulations known as the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998 allocate the enforcement of health and safety legislation at different premises between the Council and the Health and Safety Executive.

Although these rules can be a little confusing, generally, the Council will enforce health and safety legislation in retailing, wholesale distribution, warehousing, hotel and catering premises, offices, and the consumer/leisure industries.

We aim to ensure that work premises are safe for both employees and visitors and that accidents are prevented wherever possible.

Our aims are to:

  • Inspect places of work to ensure compliance with health and safety laws, in accordance with government and local priorities. 
  • Carry out an annual programme of inspections to premises which are likely to present the highest hazards and risks to employees and members of the public. 
  • Use educational techniques as well as legal means to achieve compliance. 
  • Register particular premises (eg tattooing, ear-piercing, acupuncture and electrolysis). 
  • Advise other council departments about health and safety at events. 
  • Work with Planning and Building Control Officers to advise on the health and safety implications of new developments. 
  • Advise businesses on health and safety at work. Many of the enquiries that we receive are from business proprietors who require basic information. Often we can provide this over the telephone and/or send out explanatory leaflets. 
  • Advise workers and employees who are experiencing health and safety problems at work and may need to discuss their situation with someone outside their company. We may be able to provide advice and/or deal with the query as a complaint. If an inspector makes an investigation the complainant’s name is not revealed. 
  • Work with other interested professionals both locally and nationally. 
  • Although we do not offer the foundation course in health and safety we are able to assist you in finding other training providers who do provide this type of training.


The Health and Safety Section plays an active role within the Bradford Area Occupational Health and Safety Forum. The Forum provides a network of information and consultation between businesses, public sector organisations, voluntary groups and trade unions.

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