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Workplace Health and Safety

North Ayrshire Council’s Environmental Health Section is the enforcing authority for the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in the following types of premises:

  • retailing
  • wholesale distribution
  • hotel and catering premises
  • warehousing consumer/leisure industries
  • offices

Enquiries regarding health and safety matters in any of these premises can be made to Environmental Health.

Guidance and enforcement

Guidance on the relevant enforcing authority can be found on the Health & Safety Executive website.

North Ayrshire Council is responsible for enforcing health and safety in just under 2,200 premises. This enforcement is carried out by:

  • implementing a planned intervention programme based on the type of premises and the work activity undertaken
  • investigating accidents and dangerous occurrences that are reported in terms of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
  • investigating complaints regarding health, safety and welfare in premises
  • providing advice on health and safety to employers, employees and members of the public
  • working with the Health and Safety Executive, other local authorities and relevant organisations in the promotion of health and safety in the workplace

Information covering the main risk topics in places of employment can be found on the Health & Safety Executive website.

Health and safety information

Guidance leaflets on the requirements of the law and how to comply are given to businesses following visits and requests for information.  The main source of information is leaflets published by the Health and Safety Executive.  Copies of these and additional information and guidance on health and safety matters can be downloaded from their website.  Books can also be ordered via the website or phone, or downloaded for free. Guidance can be found on a wide variety of subjects including:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Asbestos
  • Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
  • Noise at Work
  • Risk Assessment
  • Stress
  • Temperature
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Workplace Transport Safety
  • Young people

Information for new and small businesses

A comprehensive and low cost introduction to health and safety for new and small businesses is available on the HSE website: Health and Safety made simple.

Advice and help on complying with health and safety requirements is also available to small businesses from Healthy Working Lives Scotland.