Advice and training

Health and Safety Training available to Calderdale Businesses

Getting hurt at work or becoming ill through work is not a pleasant subject to think about. The reality is that 150 people a year lose their lives at work in Britain. In addition, it is estimated that around 246,000 serious injuries occur each year and an estimated 1.2 million suffer from ill health caused, or made worse by work. 29.3 million working days are lost each year through workplace injuries and ill health.

It is a mistake to believe that these things happen in highly unusual or exceptional circumstances that never occur in your workplace. This is not the case. Identifying hazards and acting beforehand could usually have prevented these incidents from happening.

Implementing health and safety measures doesn't have to be expensive, time consuming or complicated, in fact safer and more efficient working practices usually saves your business money, but more importantly it can help prevent injury and ill health.

Health and Safety courses

The Council's Health and Safety Team offer a range of nationally accredited IOSH courses for local businesses which will inspire your employees to take responsibility for their own well-being and watch out for others, as well as helping them to comply with statutory health and safety legislation. Please see: PDFNational Accredited Health and Safety Training  [PDF 100KB]for more details.

Advice for the public

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to work activities. This includes the requirement to ensure the safety of members of the public who may be affected by the work activities. This includes shops, public buildings and leisure facilities for example.

Environmental Health enforce the health and safety at work legislation in retailers, wholesalers, offices, catering premises, leisure services and consumer services.

The Health and Safety Executive enforce the legislation in manufacturing, health, construction, agriculture and education sectors and where work is carried out in domestic premises.

If you have a serious concern regarding public health and safety at a work place contact the appropriate enforcing authority. Contact Environmental Health or the Health and Safety Executive on 0300 0031647.

If you are unsure who enforces the health and safety legislation at a particular workplace, please contact Environmental Health.

Advice for workers

All employees are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace.

The Health and Safety Executive provides lots of useful health and safety information.

  • All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the main responsibility for this is down to employers. More information on an employees rights and responsibilities is available from Health and Safety Executive
  • In addition, employers must also display a poster (or distribute the information leaflet) to employees giving basic information on the law and points of contact. This is available from the Health and Safety Executive website: Health and Safety law poster
  • Involving workers is important for good health and safety. It means that everyone involved with a work activity, whether a manager, employee, or contractor, participates in managing the risks associated with it. For further information go to Health and Safety Executive Worker Involvement .

If you are concerned about general working conditions, we recommend that you raise this initially with your Manager, the business owner or an employee health and safety representative (if one has been appointed). If you have done this and still have concerns, please contact Environmental Health or the Health and Safety Executive.

If you have a serious concern regarding your health and safety at work, please contact Environmental Health or the HSE using the Ways to contact HSE page.

  • Environmental Health enforce the health and safety at work legislation in retailers, wholesalers, offices, catering premises, leisure services and consumer services.
  • The Health and Safety Executive enforce the legislation in manufacturing, health, construction, agriculture and education sectors and where work is carried out in domestic premises.

If you are unsure whether the health and safety legislation is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive or us, at your workplace, please contact Environmental Health and we will be happy to assist you.

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