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Health and safety at work

The enforcement of health and safety legislation is split between the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), local authorities (LAs), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and fire authorities (FAs). In general:

  • LAs cover shops, warehouses, offices, hotels and catering, sports, leisure, consumer services, (e.g. laundrettes, hairdressers, undertakers, shoe repair, tyre and exhaust fitters) and churches

  • The HSE covers factories, building and construction sites, mines and quarries, farms, fairgrounds, railways, public sector organisations, chemical plants, offshore and nuclear installations

  • The CQC regulates healthcare services, including hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, clinics, mental health services and other registered locations, including dental and GP practices

  • FAs enforce fire safety provisions in most workplaces

In this section you can find out about specific duties and responsibilities that you may have towards your employees, customers and members of the public, and how we apply health and safety legislation.

New Legislation Very Important

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 350) require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises, and businesses listed in the Schedule, to protect against the risks to public health from coronavirus. To see the related Government advice go to Gov.UK. The Regulations were amended on the 22 April 2020 by SI 2020 No 447.  on the 13 May 2020 by SI 2020 No. 500 and on the 1 June 2020 by SI 2020 No. 558


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Need more information?

For further information contact: 

Newcastle City Council, Commercial Team, Public Safety and Regulation, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
Telephone: 0191 278 7878


Health & Safety Executive, Alnwick House, Benton Park View, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1YX. Telephone 0191 202 6200


Care Quality Commission, National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA. Telephone 03000 616161


Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Nissan Way, Washington, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3QY. Telephone 0191 444 1589

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