Health and Safety
The Council's Health and Safety Enforcement Service is responsible for enforcing health and safety legislation in the majority of workplaces in West Lancashire like offices, shops, places of entertainment and leisure services, warehouses, catering businesses and consumer services.
Our aim is to protect the health, safety and welfare of people working in West Lancashire and to safeguard others who may be exposed to risks from such activities.
Health and safety toolbox
The Health and Safety Executive have produced an online health and safety toolbox (external link) which provides helpful areas of advice that apply to all workplaces.
Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel
The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel provides an independent means for any person (whether companies or individuals) to complain about the actions of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Local Authority health and safety regulators.
Complaints may only be referred to the Panel if they have first been raised locally and it has not been possible to resolve the matter.
The Panel will not consider complaints from companies or individuals subject to statutory notices or prosecution by HSE or Local Authority health and safety regulators as they have recourse to employment tribunals or the courts respectively, which provide such an established and proper mechanism of appeal. Equally it will not deal with determinations on enforcement action subject to Primary Authority arrangements as there is an existing process to follow.
Details of the Panel are available at the HSE website (external link) along with the terms of reference (external link).
Health and safety links