Health and safety at work

We work to ensure that business premises meet their health and safety responsibilities, giving guidance and advice in most cases but where necessary taking action to protect health and safety. In carrying out their duties officers will adhere to the principles of good enforcement set out in the Statutory Code of Practice for Regulators and all other relevant codes including those concerned with the investigation of offences or the prosecution of offenders.

We target our activities on nationally and locally identified high risk sectors and activities and those businesses where there is evidence of poor performance e.g. work related accidents, ill health 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 within the service sectors e.g. offices, shops, warehousing and distribution, residential care, beauty sector, hotels, catering and leisure facilities.

HSE are responsible for Health and Safety enforcement within the manufacturing industries, medical and educational establishments e.g. Factories, farms, building sites, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and local authority premises.

Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave court
Merton Road
LS20 7HS
You can raise your concern by visiting the HSE website

or emailing

or by phoning the Concerns Team on 0300 0031647 in office hours, 8.30am – 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Your Local Authority Health and Safety team can be contacted using the details in the 'Contact us' section of this page, or by emailing

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506