Council launches voluntary firework/bonfire display registration scheme
To help everyone enjoy a happy, accident free event, Warwick District Council has introduced a free voluntary firework display registration scheme which will help organisers of such events to plan and operate a safe firework/bonfire display. For further information visit our firework and bonfire registration scheme page.
Safer Workplace Better Business Initiative (SWBB)
The jargon-free Safer Workplace Better Business pack aims to help small businesses comply with their responsibilities under health and safety legislation. Completing the pack will enable the business to identify the key hazards in the workplace, introduce suitable control measures and have a documented system available for inspection by enforcement officers.
Evidence shows that there are strong links between employment, individual health and successful companies, especially in difficult economic times. Creating a workplace that protects and promotes the safety, health and well-being of employees is a proven way to ensure that your business has its own healthy route to success. It may improve bottom line profits by reducing absenteeism, accidents, costs, safe guarding staff and improving production. This is an opportunity to receive free expert advice on your health and safety management.
If you are interested in this scheme and would like an officer to visit your business then please telephone (01926) 456712 or complete and submit our online enquiry form or download the pack (3MB, PDF).
Employer Awards - Coventry & Warwickshire Wellbeing Charter
In tandem with the Safer Workplace Better Business scheme Warwick Disrtict Council is also pleased to launch the Coventry & Warwickshire Workplace Wellbeing Charter initiative.
Those businesses taking part in the SWBB that achieve high standards in health and safety management will be given recognition by the Council, through an accreditation scheme called the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
The aim of the scheme is is to promote health and well-being in the District through the formal recognition of businesses/organisations that are proactively working to improve the health of their staff and to support those aspiring to do so. Businesses will be able to work towards various accreditation levels. If you are interested in this award scheme and would like further information please telephone (01926) 456712 or complete and submit our online enquiry form
Occupational safety and health - the council's role
Environmental Health Practitioners
- advise businesses about how to comply with their duties, see: Business Link Self-Assessment Tool
- enforce Health and Safety legislation and give advice in relation to the workplace
- investigate reportable accidents and official notifications (lift reports, pressure vessels, air receivers etc)
- inspect and monitor skin piercing establishments so as to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation, licensing conditions and byelaws
- promote healthy choices
- work in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive in tackling priority accident and disease reduction topics
Enforcement of Health and Safety legislation in the District is split between our Environmental Health Department and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), dependent upon the main activity of the business concerned.
Warwick District Council is responsible for the following types of premises
Residential Care Homes
Warwick District Council's Health and Safety Enforcement Policy is available to down load here : Health and Safety Enforcement Policy (277kb)
Health and Safety Executive
The HSE is responsible for the following types of premises
The local Health and Safety Executive Office and Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) is Health and Safety Exective, 7th Floor, 1 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 8HS, telephone 0121 607 6200
HSE's Infoline telephone number is 0845 345 0055 (low-call rate)
Register your business
Since 6 April 2009, most new businesses no longer need to register with the local authority and the Health and Safety Executive. For further information Go to HSE page (6k,PDF).
Information for employees
It is a legal requirement for employers to either display an approved health and safety law poster or provide each employee with an equivalent leaflet.
As from 6 April 2009, HSE published new versions of its approved health and safety poster and leaflet. To avoid an unnecessary burden on business, HSE has set a five year transition period. The current poster and leaflets must be replaced by the new versions by no later than 5 April 2014.
Find out more about the new law poster go to http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm
The poster "Health and Safety Law - What you should know" - ISBN 0717624935 is available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Tel: 01787 881165 Fax 01787 313995
If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well - To find out more go to the HSE website
Health and safety of migrant workers
For further information download the Migrant Workers leaflet (118kb, PDF)
Second hand tobacco smoke
SmokeFree Warwickshire (38kb, PDF) information.
Gas safety campaign
Are you involved in the supply, fitting and maintenance of Gas appliances - For further information download the Gas Safety information Sheet (32kb)
Asbestos related disease accounts for over 3,500 deaths each year, creating what is the UK's biggest single cause of work related deaths. The occupational Safety and Health Team of Warwick District Council aims to raise the awareness of the risks associated with asbestos within the maintenance worker groups and to remind duty holders ( employers/occupiers/landlords) of their legal duties under the 'duty to manage ' Regulation. Visit our Asbestos page for further guidance.
Councils join sensible safety drive
We are one of 4 Warwickshire councils that have joined forces to lead a drive for sensible safety management. All have signed up to dealing with health and safety risks in a sensible and proportionate way and pledged to combat the myths that trivialise important efforts to protect the public and workers.
If you would like to report a workplace health and/or safety issue then please telephone (01926) 456712 or complete and submit our online enquiry form
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