What is Health and Safety?

Responsibility for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in workplaces is divided between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). and Mid Sussex District Council depending upon the nature of the business activity. The Council carries out enforcement duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in designated workplaces, covering a range of commercial premises including:

  • Retailing
  • Some warehouses
  • Most offices
  • Hotels
  • Catering
  • Sports
  • Leisure
  • Consumer services
  • Places of worship

The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for other businesses such as factories, building sites, farms and schools.

We inspect commercial premises under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 on a pre-programmed basis following a risk priority system. This allows us to check on businesses to make sure they are complying with the law and to ensure and encourage safer working environments.

The Council also:

  • provides advice, education and training for owners of premises and their staff and people setting up in business for the first time.
  • investigates accidents at work
  • investigates complaints about working conditions
  • strives to ensure a consistent approach in accordance with the Council’s Enforcement Policy

Health and safety legislation applies to everyone at work. This includes employers, employees and the self-employed. Employers are required to take reasonable steps to protect their workers regarding their safety, health and welfare. Health and safety matters also apply to others who could be affected by work activities, for example, members of the public, visitors and contractors. The Health and Safety Executive provides a range of guidance for businesses. Please see their website, particularly the HSE booklet “Health and safety made simple - the basics for your business”.

Part of the process of meeting the requirements of health and safety is to think about what in your business might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment.

You can report any health and safety issues to us online


Health & Safety Team
Tel: (01444) 477433
Email: healthandsafetyenforcement@midsussex.gov.uk