When A Health & Safety Inspector Visits Your Business

Health & Safety Inspectors are there to keep people safe and healthy at work. They visit thousands of locations in Leeds every year as part of that job.

Your visit is one of many carried out across Leeds every day. They may have arrived without warning which isn’t unusual. They don’t always tell people they are coming and the law lets them visit at any reasonable time.

Although they have the powers to come into your workplace, the inspectors still have to follow the government’s code of practice on entering businesses. You have the right to complain if you think the inspector hasn’t followed the code. Visit ‘Power Of Entry‘ for more information.

During the visit

The inspector will look at how you keep your workers and anyone who may be affected by your work, healthy and safe. They may also give you advice on health and safety.

Make sure you are providing suitable welfare facilities such as:

  • running hot and cold water
  • toilets

While the inspector is with you, they may:

  • ask you about your workers and what they do
  • look at any possible health risks arising from the work you are doing
  • look at any machinery or other equipment you may have
  • ask to see records or documents
  • take photographs

The inspector will want to know about:

  • the main health and safety issues in your workplace
  • your own knowledge or experience of health and safety

The inspector may also talk to you about things like safety standards, guidance and everyday practices in your industry.

Your workers

The inspector will need to talk to your employees or their representatives during the visit.

What if there’s something wrong?

The inspector may take action if they find you’re breaking the law during the visit. They may also tell you to stop a dangerous activity in your workplace immediately.  For example, a dangerous activity could be people working on a roof where scaffolding is unsafe.

There are several possible negative outcomes:

  • Notification of contravention
  • Improvement notice
  • Prohibition notice
  • Prosecution

In any event if you have concerns we recommend you source a local law firm to assist you in these matters.



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