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Health and safety regulation

Health and safety at work legislation is designed to protect the employer, self-employed, employees, contractors, customers and visitors to the District from any dangers arising out of a work activity.

The Council is responsible for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in certain business premises. Examples include; offices, shops, retail and wholesale distribution outlets, hotels, restaurants, residential care homes and various places used for leisure activities such as holiday parks.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces the legislation in industry (factories, farms, manufacturing premises and building sites).

The regulations relating to health, can be found on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

We have a Health and Safety Enforcement Policy (PDF, 5 pages, 153kb) in place to help ensure consistency of enforcement action.


Complaints about working conditions and accidents at work are always investigated confidentially. These are usually resolved by providing advice to employers, but formal action will be taken if necessary.

"What to expect when a Health and Safety Inspector calls" is a booklet produced by the HSE.


The management of asbestos is presently a key priority in the reduction of work-related disease and this is another area likely to be addressed during inspections. It is estimated that 500,000 industrial, commercial and public buildings across the country still have asbestos in them. In many cases there is no effective management of the thousands of tonnes of asbestos still present in buildings and those working there, particularly plumbers, electricians and other maintenance workers are often completely unaware that they are at risk from disturbing asbestos. Unless steps are taken to deal with this problem, HSE estimates that nearly 5,000 building and maintenance workers will die as a direct consequence of exposure to asbestos in buildings over the next 50 years.

This duty to manage asbestos is designed to protect these workers. It requires those who have responsibilities for maintenance activities in non-domestic premises to assess whether these is any asbestos in their premises, and, depending on its condition, either remove it or manage it - making sure that maintenance or other activities carried out subsequently do not expose the workers to any avoidable risk. They must ensure that information on the location and condition of these materials is given to anyone likely to disturb them.

Please visit the HSE website for information on how to dispose of asbestos safely.

For further information or advice, please submit an Enquiry Form.




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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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