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Health & Safety at Work

Health & Safety at Work

We have a legal duty to ensure that businesses comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related legislation. We aim to ensure that work premises are safe for employees and visitors to them and that accidents are prevented wherever possible.

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Our Responsibilities

We are responsible for health and safety in the following type of premises:

  • offices (except government offices)

  • shops

  • hotels

  • restaurants

  • leisure premises

  • nurseries and playgroups

  • pubs and clubs

  • museums (privately owned)

  • places of worship

  • sheltered accommodation and care homes

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Health and Safety Executive responsibilities

The HSE is responsible for enforcing health and safety at workplaces including:

  • factories

  • farms

  • building sites

  • nuclear installations

  • mines

  • schools and colleges

  • fairgrounds

  • gas, electricity and water systems

  • hospitals and nursing homes

  • central and local government premises

  • offshore installations

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Joint responsibilities

Since 2009 the regulation  of health and safety in Poole has been carried out in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and our colleagues in the other Dorset District Councils and Bournemouth Borough Council.

This has helped us to maximise our resources and ensure consistency of health and safety enforcement within Dorset.  It also means that officers from each authority are able to be the first port of call on ‘matters of evident concern’ in premises for which, traditionally, the HSE would have enforcement responsibility.   The group name of the partnership is “Work Well Dorset”.   

Our programmed interventions are based on priority topics and industries. 

The area of work for 2012/13 will include

  • builders merchants,

  • safe use of bedrails in care homes,

  • product safety and safe use of sunbeds; and

  • gas and related fire safety issues in takeaways. 

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Other Enforcing Authorities

Other enforcing authorities that cover specific areas: 

Concern

Enforcing body

Road, highways and pavements

Highways Department (Local Authority)

Unstable/dangerous buildings

Building Consultancy (Local Authority)

Road traffic issues

Police

Fire safety concerns in businesses and homes

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

Roadworthiness of vehicles

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/

Railway safety

Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)

Waste disposal, contaminated ground, some air pollution issues

Environment Agency

Treatment of patients in the NHS in England

Patient Advisory Liaison Services

Care of patients and users of health and social care services in England

Care Quality Commission

Employment issues, including bullying and harassment at work

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

Repairs of council owned property

Ombudsman

Contact details for enforcement authorities other than the local authority can also be found at the Gov.uk website


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A-Z of Related Links for Businesses

Accident Investigation

Acupuncture Licence:

     Guidance for Tatooing and Skin Piercing

Adventure Activities

Asbestos

     Asbestos In Commercial Premises

     Asbestos In Residential Premises

     Danger Of Asbestos

Asthma

Beauty Treatments Licence

Back pain

Better Regulation

Business benefits

Business Related Local Authority Services

Carbon Monoxide Safety Campaign

Care Homes:

     Care Quality Commissioning                     

     Residential care for adults

Catering and hospitality

Chemicals

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cleaning

Complaint – Report an Incident         

Compressed Air

Confined spaces

Construction:     

     Building Regulations

Cooling Towers      

Cooling Tower Registration

Corporate Manslaughter

Corporate Responsibility

COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

Disability

Disease Reduction

Display Screen Equipment DSE

Diversity:         

     Equality and Diversity in Borough of Poole

Drugs and Alcohol

Electrical safety   

Emerging Health and Safety issues     

Entertainment and Leisure:

     Public Entertainment Licence 

Enforcement

Environment & Waste               

Environmental Health

Equipment at work

Ergonomics

Event Safety            

Expectant Mothers

Falls from height   

Fairgrounds

Fire and explosion

First Aid at work

Flu Pandemics – advice to business                

Food and Drink

Fork lift trucks              

Footwear

Frequently Asked Questions

Gas 

Genetically Modified Organisms   

     Food labelling

Glass and Glazing       

Guidance for my business:   

     Health & Safety Guidance for Businesses

Hairdressers     

Health and Safety Executive HSE  

Health and Safety made Simple   

Human factors

Infections at work 

Inspections:

         Investigations              

         Involving workers

Laundries and dry cleaners

Lead   

Leadership          

Leisure industry                   

Legionnaires’ Disease         

LEV Local exhaust Ventilation    

Licensed activities: 

     Local Authority Licensing Requirements    

Maintenance   

Managing for health and safety     

Manual Handling    

Metalworking fluids

Migrant workers              

Motor Vehicle Repair    

Moving goods             

Muscular skeletal disorders          

Noise:      

     Noise Pollution

Nurseries and playgroups - HPA guidance on infection control

Offices           

Outdoor events      

Personal Protective Equipment  (PPE)    

Pubs & Clubs:

     Poole Safe

     Premise Licence    

     Public Entertainment Licensing

Radiation    

Retail          

Risk Assessment     

Risk Assessment using IOSH Routefinder

Risk Education            

Risk Reduction       

Road safety – work related        

School Trips:   

     School information from Borough of Poole

Sickness absence   

Skin at work        

Skin piercing:

     Guidance for Tatooing and Skin Piercing

Slips and Trips

SME advice

Starting a New Business in Poole 

Stress               

Sunbeds   

Temperature  

Temporary and Agency workers     

Transport – workplace        

Tyre and Exhaust fitting 

VDUs       

Vibration           

Violence at work          

Voluntary organisations       

Warehousing        

Work Well Dorset    

Workplace health advices     

Young people 

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Related Borough of Poole Links

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Telephone
01202 261700

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Environmental and Consumer Protection
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road Poole
BH17 0NF