Health & Safety Enforcement

The Council has a legal duty to enforce the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related legislation.

On behalf of the Council, the Commercial Team in Environmental Health and Licensing aim to ensure that work premises are safe for employees and visitors to them, and that accidents are prevented wherever possible.


  • inspect places of work to ensure compliance with health and safety law, in accordance with government priorities
  • use educational techniques as well as legal means to achieve compliance
  • investigate accidents to employees or others which occur in workplaces
  • investigate complaints about health, safety or welfare in work premises
  • license particular premises (eg skin piercing, sex shops)
  • advise other Council departments about health and safety at entertainment venues
  • work with Planning and Building Control Officers to advise on the health and safety implications of new developments
  • give advice to customers and all stakeholders on health and safety issues
  • work with other health professionals locally and nationally

What you can expect

We will:

  • carry out regular and usually unannounced inspections of workplaces
  • investigate relevant workplace accidents
  • respond to complaints about health and safety in workplaces
  • respond to requests for advice or information about health and safety

Help us to help you

Please contact us if you wish to make a complaint about health, safety or welfare conditions in a workplace. Please have full details ready of the premises concerned.

Some workplaces will be the responsibility of the Health and Safety Executive, rather than the Council, according to the nature of the work carried out. We can advise you who the relevant 'enforcing authority' for health and safety purposes is, when you contact us. If you make a complaint about a workplace, we will require your name, address and contact details so that we can keep you informed of our progress.

Report online

Report work place conditions

Contact details

Environmental Health Commercial Team
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242908/242916