This guidance aims to give a general introduction to the role of the Council's Food Safety and Licensing Team, followed by information about the key measures that business must carry out and where you can get more detailed advice.
What are the aims of our service?
Health & Safety at Work Act
The main purpose of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 is to secure the health and safety of everyone at work, whether employed or self-employed. The Act requires employers to regularly review equipment, premises and systems of work to identify hazards and reduce the risks to clients, employees and the self-employed.
What does Tandridge District Council do?
Our Food Safety and Licensing Team regularly inspects all businesses for which we have enforcement powers. We also carry out investigations into complaints or accidents. We will always:
Normally we will tell the company or individual at the time of the inspection if anything needs to be done. If you indicate you agree with our decisions or requirements and we think no immediate formal action is needed, then we will write to the person(s) responsible to let them/you know what must be done, how and by when. Formal action will be taken if people are at risk, or have not acted on previous advice.
Our enforcement policy
Our enforcement policy aims to ensure the health, safety, welfare and employment protection duties contained in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the relevant statutory provisions as far as is reasonably necessary.
We will use our enforcement powers to protect persons at work, the self-employed and anyone who is affected by work activities. where other enforcement agencies have a role, the Council will liaise with them.
Any enforcement action, whether verbal or written warnings, statutory notices or prosecution will be based on the assessment of:
Officers will ensure enforcement decisions are consistent, balanced, fair and relate to common standards that ensure they adequately protect the persons. In coming to any decision officers shall consider relevant criteria, eg seriousness of the offence, history, confidence in management, consequences of failure to comply and the likely effectiveness of various enforcement options.
Your employer has a duty under the law to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, your health, safety and welfare at work.
Your employer must consult you or your safety representative on matters relating to your health and safety at work, including:
In general, your employer's duties include:
In particular, your employer must:
As an employee you have legal duties too. They include:
If you think there is a health and safety problem in your workplace you should discuss it with your employer, supervisor or manager. You may also wish to discuss it with your safety representative, if there is one. You, your employer or your safety representative can get information on health and safety in confidence by calling Tandridge District Council's Environmental Health Department 01883 732841, HSE 01342334200 or HSE's Infoline telephone service on 0541 545500.
Making a complaint or getting advice
If you think your employer is exposing you to risks or is not carrying out their legal duties, and you have pointed this out without getting a satisfactory answer or think it requires immediate action you can contact the relevant enforcing authority for health and safety in your workplace.
Health and safety inspectors can give advice on how to comply with the law. They also have powers to enforce it.
Making contact with the relevant enforcing body
Tandridge District Council
The Local Authority enforces health and safety legislation within its area in the following workplaces:
There are exceptions to these categories including all Local Authority premises or where the main site activity is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive i.e schools
If you want to make a complaint about Health and Safety in premises enforced by Tandridge District Council please use the following on line form: Environmental Health safety complaint form
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
All other types of work are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive who can be contacted at Health & Safety Executive, South East Area Office, Phoenix House, 23-25 Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BE. Telephone 01342 334200. Fax 01342 334222
Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS)
HSE's Employment Medical Advisory Service can give advice on health at work. Employment Medical Advisory Service, Phoenix House,23-25 Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BE. Telephone 01342 334200. Fax 01342 334222
Surrey Fire & Rescue
You can get advice on general fire precautions and means of escape etc from Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, Fire Safety Department, The Dingle, Croydon Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0EJ. Telephone 01737 224041. Fax 01737 227603.
Useful Web links
For further information please contact Environmental Health on 01883 732841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at:
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted Surrey RH8 0BT
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