Health and Safety at Work
Every year, hundreds of people are killed, with several hundred thousand suffering from injuries and illness through work related activities. In addition to the personal loss and suffering this can incur, there are huge monetary losses through time off work and material damage, much of which is not covered by insurance.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the principal piece of legislation dealing with the health and safety of people at work. Argyll and Bute Council’s Regulatory Services enforce this legislation in places such as shops, warehouses, offices, places used for leisure and consumer services, hotels, restaurants and churches. Officers have to consider not only the health and safety of workers but also members of the public who can be affected by work activities.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety legislation for other industry sectors in Great Britain - they cover factories, building sites, mines, farms, fairgrounds, quarries, chemical plant, offshore and nuclear installations, schools, hospitals and other places where there is a work activity.
HSE prosecutes both companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. When they prosecute someone, they prepare a "Case" against them. The case may involve one or more instances when the defendant has failed to comply with health and safety law - each one of these is called a "Breach".
You can search for cases or breaches on the HSE Public Register of Convictions site.
The Council also keeps a register of its own health and safety prosecutions.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website provides a list of organisations concerned with specific health and safety information, in addition to international contacts. If your business is located outside Argyll and Bute, please contact your local authority for further advice.