What we do

The health and safety team respond to various enquiries and incident notifications including:

  • Requests for advice - e.g. from businesses, safety representatives and employees

  • Business support officers offer free and impartial health and safety advice

  • Accident, ill health and incident reports

  • Complaints

  • Statutory Notifications - e.g. lifting and pressure equipment reports, asbestos removal, cooling towers.

  • Certain licence applications e.g. tattooing, ear piercing and electrolysis

In accordance with Government guidance the team apply risk based incident selection criteria and a risk based approach to complaint handling (based on those developed by the HSE). This means that all requests will be considered with regard to level of risk, severity etc. and responses can range from no immediate action to a phone call or letter through to a full investigation or inspection.

Typical subjects of complaint include:

  • Poor workplace conditions

  • Unsafe equipment or working practices

  • Welfare issues e.g. provision of rest rooms, toilet facilities, working time

  • Workplace temperatures

  • Smoking in the workplace

  • Sunday Trading Laws

The identity of a complainant will be treated as confidential and will not be revealed to an employer however we will request contact details in order to obtain relevant information and to feedback following any investigation.

Related downloads

The following statutory notification forms are available to download here

On line advice for business can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/index.htm

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

0345 8 506 506