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Health & Safety interventions, fees and fines


Employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees and members of the general public when they are on business premises. The enforcement of this is divided between the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities.

Who’s responsible for enforcing health and safety in your sector?

HSE has enforcement oversight of sectors considered a higher risk, including construction and manufacturing. While local authorities are responsible for the enforcement of “lower risk sectors”, such as retail, leisure, hospitality, care, catering, warehousing and office space. Together they ensure that duty holders manage the health and safety of their workforce and those affected by their work.

Health & Safety Executive compliance enforcement responsibilities

HSE is responsible for enforcing health and safety at workplaces including:

  • factories
  • farms
  • building sites
  • mines
  • schools and colleges
  • fairgrounds
  • gas, electricity and water systems
  • hospitals and nursing homes
  • central and local government premises
  • offshore installations

Local Authorities compliance enforcement responsibilities

You should contact your local authority environmental health department if you have a query about the following type of premises:

  • offices (except government offices)
  • shops
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • leisure premises
  • nurseries and playgroups
  • pubs and clubs
  • museums (privately owned)
  • places of worship
  • sheltered accommodation and care homes

The key is to make sure you operate safely

If you are in any doubt, you can call upon RISK to provide health and safety advice for your company as well as the very highest standards of industry relevant training.