Health and safety at work

We strive to help businesses fulfil their health and safety obligations by providing guidance and advice. However, when necessary, we take action to ensure health and safety is protected. Our officers follow the principles of good enforcement. This is outlined in the Statutory Code of Practice Regulators and other relevant codes. 

We focus our efforts on high-risk sectors and activities identified nationally and locally. This includes businesses with a history of poor performance, such as work-related accidents, illnesses, and complaints. 

This is achieved using a range of planned interventions and reactive responses/health and safety complaints.

Local Authority/HSE Enforcement Responsibility

Enforcement of Health and Safety legislation is split between Local Authorities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Local authorities are responsible, generally, for the enforcement of Health and Safety legislation. This is within the service sectors, such as: 

  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Residential care
  • Beauty sector
  • Hotels
  • Catering
  • Leisure facilities

To contact us please use the details in the 'Contact us' section of this page.

HSE are responsible for Health and Safety enforcement within the manufacturing industries, medical and educational establishments.

This includes:

  • factories
  • farms
  • building sites
  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • schools
  • local authority premises

Information on how to raise a concern with the HSE can be found here.

More information on who is the correct enforcing authority to raise your concern with can be found here.

Contact Us

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

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