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. 

Our objective is to ensure that businesses comply with their legal and moral obligations to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and the safety of contractors and the public where work activities may pose a risk to their health safety.

The Council has signed up to the HSE's Strategy for health and safety, which makes the following commitments:

  • We agree to play our part in reducing the numbers of work-related deaths, injuries and ill-health in Great Britain
  • We call on employers to put health and safety at the heart of what they do and to take a common-sense approach to health and safety
  • We commit ourselves to debunking myths around health and safety that trivialise the impact of injuries, ill-health and deaths on individuals and their families
  • We recognise the importance of health and safety in difficult economic times and the dangers of complacency
  • We pledge to work with the Health and Safety Executive and its partners to be part of the solution

We do this by making routine inspections of businesses on a frequency that relates to the risks posed by the activities undertaken by the business.

As well as inspections officers carry out accident investigations and provide advice and support to businesses. You can view our Health and Safety Policy and Procedures online.

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.

For further information please contact us or contact your area office.