Managing health and safety

Every working day in Great Britain at least one person is killed and over 6000 are injured at work. Every year three-quarters of a million people take time off work because of work-related illness. In total, approximately 30 million workdays are lost every year because of injury and ill health.

Useful websites

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides a range of health and safety guidance available to business, employers and employees on its website HSE website. The HSE has produced a range of health and safety law products. Employers are required, by law, to either display the HSE-approved law poster or to provide each of their workers with the equivalent leaflet. 

The Government website provides additional information concerning health and safety at work issues including; employers: preventing discrimination, fire safety in the workplace, health and safety using farm vehicles and machinery, recruitment and disabled people, running a business from home, smoking at work, the law and workplace temperatures.

The HSE have information of their website for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law and provide comprehensive guidance in their articles on managing health and safety.



Work Related Deaths

  • HSE and other regulators involved in investigating any work-related death want to work together as effectively and efficiently as possible. To help to do this protocols and liaison arrangements between the various organisations have been agreed and recorded in Work-related Death Protocols (WRDP). HSE Work-related Death Protocols 

Injury At Work

  • If someone has died or has been injured because of a work-related accident this may have to be reported. More information is available on the HSE website Deaths and reportable injuries 
  • Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces. View more information on the HSE website Working at height.
  • Being injured by a moving object (for example being struck by a falling object or a cut from a hand knife) accounts for over 10% of major injuries reported to HSE in the food and drink industries. Read more in the HSE guidance Struck by something
  • This HSE guidance (pdf) covers a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 
  • The British Red Cross provide advice and training. Visit their website and get prepared now before it's needed Everyday First Aid and the HSE answers some basic questions about first-aid provision at work.


  • Occupational dermatitis is one of the most widespread causes of ill health and affects workers in many industry sectors, including food processing and especially catering. More information is on Dermatitis is available on the HSE website
  • The NHS provide information regarding Dermatitis on their website
  • You may also consider prevention COSHH and the reporting of Dermatitis under RIDDOR legislation

The Working Environment

Welfare At Work


Electrical Safety 

Gas Safety

  • If gas appliances, such as ovens, cookers and boilers are not properly installed and maintained, there is a danger of fire, explosion, gas leaks and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Find out more about gas safety at the HSE website. 
  • The Gas Safe Register has replaced CORGI registration.

Safe Maintenance


Environmental Health contact information

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