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Inspections

  • Who carries out health and safety inspections?

    Depending on the type of business, you may be inspected (without prior notice) by us or the Health and Safety Executive. 

    Belfast City Council Health and Safety Executive
    Service sector Manufacturing
    Retail outlets Construction
    Wholesale outlets Government property
    Offices Mines
    Restaurants Quarries
    Hotels Chemical plants
    Residential homes Agriculture
    Places of entertainment Schools
    Recreation facilities Universities
      Transport
      Hospitals
      Nursing homes
  • What does an inspection involve?

    We will examine your workplace and work activities, look at how health and safety is managed and talk to your staff and their representatives.

    We may also check that you have procedures in place to consult and inform your staff about health and safety issues.

    Afterwards, we will discuss any concerns with you, explain what you should do to meet health and safety law and let you know if any action needs to be taken. Copies of our findings may also be given out to representatives of your staff.

    Our inspectors may need to take enforcement action if they find serious health and safety risks.

  • What kind of action can inspectors take?

    When we take enforcement action, we try to be fair and treat all businesses in a similar way. This means explaining why we have taken action and giving you the chance to have your say.

  • What happens if I have a complaint?

    If you have a complaint about our inspection procedures, call us on 028 9027 0428 or write to us at:

    Health and Safety Unit Manager
    Cecil Ward Building 
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP

  • Awareness training

    Young and inexperienced recruits who are new to a workplace are three times more likely to be killed or injured than their experienced workmates who have been there for a year or more. So we’ve partnered with HSENI to deliver Health and Safety awareness training for employees who are inexperienced or new to their job.

    Find out more at HSENI New to the job (link opens in new window)

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