Are you an employer?
If you are an employer you have a legal duty to secure the health and safety of your employees and others.
Useful sources of information:
- From the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) HSE for Business (opens in a new window)
- For general advice and guidance see the main Health and Safety Executive (opens in a new window) website
- Health and Safety made simple (opens in a new window) - will guide you through the basics of what you need to do
- Health and Safety Executive A-Z (opens in a new window)
- Sign up for Health and Safety Executive bulletins (opens in a new window) - bulletins are specific to your industry, so you can keep up to date with any changes in the law
- Business Link (opens in a new window) cover health and safety and can help you with your general responsibilities as an employer. They also provide good start up advice: Business Link Start-up Advice (opens in a new window)
If you don't find what you are looking for here or on the HSE website please contact your relevant enforcing authority. To find out who is the enforcing authority/body at your premises (either HSE or your Local Authority) please see our document Who Enforces in Dorset (pdf, 27kb) (opens in a new window) .
Please note that we only deal with criminal concerns regarding health and safety at work.
Health and Safety Publications
- Guidance documents for health and safety at work can be downloaded free of charge or copies ordered from HSE Books see: Health and Safety Executive Books (opens in a new window) .
- For specific legislation look it up on Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) website (opens in a new window) .
Fire risk assessment guidance can be found on the Fire risk assessments (opens in a new window) and the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (opens in a new window) website.
Seek out Trading Standards Central (opens in a new window) as Trading Standards deal with complaints regarding services. You can use a postcode search on the website to find your nearest Trading Standards office.
- The Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) can assist you in finding someone to help fulfil the legal requirements under regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to "select competent persons to help you in managing health and safety" but they will not normally do the work on behalf of a business
- If you are an employee and think a health problem may be work-related you should tell your employer or the company's safety officer, nurse or doctor. You may also ask for help from your trade union or employee representative or family doctor. If you are unable to resolve the problem you can contact the local HSE office below or your Local Environmental Health Officer
- Members of the public who believe their health is being affected by nearby work activity may seek advice from EMAS below.
- The Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) is based within the HSE and the office below covers Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole: The Pithay, All Saints Street, Bristol, BS1 2ND Tel: 01179 88000
General Health Issues
- Before you approach a consultant consider managing your own health and safety. You are know your business better than a third party and therefore you are ideally based to manage your own health and safety. Health and Safety Executive (opens in a new window) website provides tools to help you do this, also see the HSE's Health and Safety made simple (opens in a new window) website
- If you decide you do need a consultant use the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR): (opens in a new window) of consultants who offer general advice to UK businesses
- If you can smell gas, think there is a leak or are worried about carbon monoxide poisoning please call the 24 hour gas emergency service on 0800 111 999 the National Grid (opens in a new window) .
- The HSE's webpage on gas safety (opens in a new window) is very useful
- The Gas Safe (opens in a new window) website may also be of help if you are looking for a visit by a gas engineer or wish to check a workman is qualified for a specific job
Suzy Lamplugh Trust - Personal Safety (opens in a new window) offers good advice. You may also wish to contact the Police.
Care Quality / Safety in Care Homes
- The Care Quality Commission (CQC) (opens in a new window) deal with standards expected for care quality in Care Homes and Hospitals, including care for the disabled
- For at work situations, depending on the type of Home, the Local Authority or the Health and Safety Executive may be the enforcing authority. You can check this in our document Who Enforces in Dorset (pdf, 27kb) (opens in a new window) .
For statistics on accidents at work and in the home see the Health and Safety Executive web site (opens in a new window) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) (opens in a new window) .