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Health and safety for businesses

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Health and safety for businesses

Health and safety at work

We are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations in offices, shops, warehouses, restaurants, pubs, clubs, leisure premises, care homes and private nurseries in Camden to make sure they are safe for all employees and visitors.

We carry out regular inspections and investigate workplace accidents and complaints about to health and safety issues. If you're concerned about health and safety, email us at [email protected].

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations at: factories, building sites, schools and colleges, fairgrounds, gas, electricity and water systems, hospitals and nursing homes, central and local government premises.

Where to get health and safety advice

To meet your obligations under health and safety law. You will need to make sure that you've thought about the health and safety risks, not only to your employees but also to any contractors or members of the public who visit your business. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides information to assist businesses in the start-up process, including: 

Keeping staff and contractors safe

Health and safety is about preventing people from being harmed at work or becoming ill through work. The law applies to all businesses however small.  It covers employees, full or part-time, temporary or permanent, the self-employed, young people doing work experience, apprentices, charity workers, mobile workers and homeworkers.  

Every employer has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure, as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees whilst at work and other persons who may be affected by their work activities are not exposed to risk to their health and safety. 

Health and safety policy - If you employ five or more people you must, by law (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 section 2(3)), have a written health and safety policy. Your health and safety policy statement sets out how you manage health and safety in your organisation. 

Businesses with less than five employees should also consider having such a policy as good practice.

Employer's liability insurance - employers must take out and maintain approved insurance policies against liability for injuries or diseases to their employees caused by their work.  A copy of your current certificate must be displayed at each premises, and 

Health and safety information for employees - employers must give information to employees by either displaying a poster or giving a leaflet to employees.

For information about fire safety in the work place please visit the London Fire Brigade website.