Health and Safety
Health and safety law applies to all businesses, however small. Employers have the primary responsibility for ensuring employees and other persons, including the general public, who use or enter the workplace are protected from risks to their health, safety and welfare. They must make suitable arrangements to manage health and safety. If you are Self Employed, you still have broadly similar responsibilities under health and Safety law.
If you are Self Employed, you may ask why do you need to worry about Health and Safety when you don't have any employees? This is quite simple, if you don't have sufficient awareness of the hazards and take the necessary precautions, then you are not only putting yourself at risk, but also those around you, including the general public.
Remember, if you are self employed and you get injured at work, then this can easily affect your employment, which will threaten your income or even your livelihood.
Useful advice for self employed and employers is available from the Health and Safety Executive and the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents.
Depending on the main activity of your premises, either the Health and Safety Executive or Lancaster City Council would be responsible for enforcement. Officers of the council's Food and Safety Team are responsible for ensuring the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 are adhered to in over 3000 businesses. These businesses include warehouses, offices, shops, consumer services and residential care homes.
The range of activities undertaken by our officers includes:
We are committed to working in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive, other local authorities and businesses to promote health and safety. We will take enforcement activity when necessary and in accordance with our enforcement policy.