Health & Safety

The Environmental Health Service has a Health and Safety team that promotes and maintains standards of health, safety and welfare at all work places within the Borough for which the Council has responsibility.

Inspectors from the Environmental Health Team at Surrey Heath Borough Council are responsible for the enforcement of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (and relevant statutory provisions) within the Borough of Surrey Heath in the following:

  • Shops;
  • Offices;
  • Warehouses and;
  • Leisure premises.

We help local businesses maintain a safe business both by carrying out interventions and inspections and by offering practical advice and guidance to comply with the law.

Officers are also authorised to undertake inspections, projects, complaints and investigations.

Employers Duties and General Health and Safety

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that as an employer, or self-employed person you must look after yourself and everyone working for you or who may be affected by what you do (this includes members of the public and visitors to your premises). Find out more about your duties as an employer. You should also refer to this list of general health and safety duties.

The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act (1974)
The Six Pack

Health and Safety law is enforced by officers from Surrey Heath Borough Council or the Health and Safety Executive depending on the premises. These officers also advise businesses to help them comply with the law.
Officers' powers include:

  • Entry into your premises
  • The right to talk to your employees
  • Carrying out investigations
  • Taking photographs, recordings and making copies of documents
  • Taking items away for inspection, examination or as evidence.

More information

WCOVL - What to expect when a Health and Safety Awareness Officer Calls