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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.

Legislation Very Important

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 684) require the closure of certain businesses as listed, to protect against the risks to public health from coronavirus. To see the related Government advice go to Gov.UK.

Re-Opening Certain Businesses and Venues on the 4, 10, 11, 13 & 25 July 2020

Pubs, Restaurants, Hairdressers, Places of Worship, Cinemas, Community Centres, Museums and outdoor amusements can now be open, so long as they take measures to prevent the spread of infection.

On the 10 July the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 719) amended the principal Regulations. These Regulations now permit the following to open: outdoor swimming pools and water parks (from 11th July 2020); nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services (from 13th July 2020). To see the related Government Guidance go to (External link) 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.750) came into force on 18 July and enable local authorities to give Directions relating to individual premises, Directions relating to events and Directions relating to public outdoor places

The powers to make a direction may only be exercised where conditions specified in the Regulations are met.

These conditions are that that giving such a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health, that the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority’s area, and that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.788) come into force on the 25 July 2020. The following businesses are permitted to be open: indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor gyms, indoor sports courts and facilities, and indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 791). The Regulations require members of the public to wear face coverings whilst inside a relevant place specified in the Regulations, except in certain limited cases, from Friday 24 July. 

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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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