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 Business advice (pdf 186 kb)
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