Health and safety
If your business is a public facing organisation, Redbridge Council is responsible for ensuring that you conform to health and safety legislation.
If your organisation is higher risk (a factory, a building site, a chemical plant or nuclear installation), then the Health and Safety Executive will be responsible for monitoring you, not Redbridge Council.
Environmental Health Officers (EHOs)
Our EHOs aim to prevent accidents and ill-health and will:
- inspect workplaces to ensure that any work risks are managed properly
- help people to meet their legal responsibilities
- make good practice recommendations
- investigate accidents or occupational ill-health
- explore complaints regarding working conditions and/or practices
- act as a source of advice on any aspect of health and safety
Why we might visit?
We will visit if we feel that:
- your employees or the public are at risk from unsafe activities within your business.
- there has been an accident in the workplace
- your workplace is due a general inspection
Arranging a visit
Inspections are usually unannounced but can be made by appointment where necessary.
Environmental Health Officers will probably want to talk to managers, employees, health and safety representatives and other interested persons.
What else we will do during an inspection
In addition to looking around your premises, officers will examine safety-related paperwork such as:
- risk assessments (if applicable)
- plant maintenance and inspection records
- training records
- accident records
- health and safety policy statement (if applicable)
At the end of the visit you will be advised by the officer what further action, if any, is going to be taken. You may be contacted in writing and any correspondence will include useful and relevant advice on what you need to do.
Reporting a concern about health and safety
If you consider that your employer's (or someone else's) work activity is putting your safety at risk, then you should raise your concerns with that employer or person.
If no improvement is made and your safety continues to be at risk, then you can report your concern to the relevant enforcing authority (Redbridge council - for offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, leisure premises, nurseries, pubs & clubs, care homes; or the Health and Safety Executive for higher risk sites - factories, building sites, nuclear installations, schools, fairgrounds, hospitals).
Enforcing Health and Safety Law
If the inspector finds a breach of health and safety law, the inspector will decide what action to take. The action will depend on the nature of the breach and be based on the principles set out in the Enforcement Policy Statement.
All premises where cooling towers and evaporative condensers are installed must be registered with Redbridge Council under The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992.
This is to identify processes that could encourage the spread of infectious disease (for example Legionella), and to ensure that adequate measures are taken to prevent the infection from spreading amongst employees and the public.
Regulations and application forms
- you can download copies of The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 (a copy can also be inspected at our offices in Lynton House, Ilford)
- further advice, help and application forms are also available from our offices in Lynton House, High Road, Ilford.
- cooling towers: There are currently no cooling towers or evaporative condensers registered with the Council in the London Borough of Redbridge. (Updated: March 2018)
View more information on preventing the spread of infectious disease on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.