Our role

Enforcement of health and safety legislation in the district is split between our Environmental Health department and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), depending upon the main activity of the business. We are responsible for the following types of premises

  • Retail premises
  • Warehouses
  • Offices
  • Catering
  • Residential care homes
  • Leisure activities
  • Customer services

Our Environmental Health practitioners

  • advise businesses about how to comply with their duties
  • enforce health and safety legislation and give advice in relation to the workplace
  • investigate accidents and official notifications (such as lift reports, pressure vessels or air receivers)
  • inspect and monitor skin piercing establishments to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation, licensing conditions and byelaws
  • work in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive in tackling priority accident and disease reduction topics

Contact us

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The HSE is responsible for the following types of premises

Full list of responsibilities for HSE and other enforcing authorities

Contact the HSE 

Registering your business

Since 2009, most new businesses no longer need to register with the local authority and the Health and Safety Executive. For further information visit HSE - removing premises registration requirements.

Health and safety law poster

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. Health and safety law poster and leaflets - free downloads.

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. 

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) 456717 or complete our online enquiry form or download the pack (3MB, PDF).

Nail bars and beauty salons health and safety campaign

The increased popularity of acrylic nail extensions, manicures and other treatments in recent years has seen a rapid expansion in the number of nail salons and nail bars opening in the district. The trend has triggered the launch of a campaign by Warwick District Council’s Health and Safety team with the aim of ensuring that all nail outlets are complying with health and safety legislation and that the working environment is of a good standard for technicians, clients and other employees working within the premises.

The council’s team will be visiting nail bars and salons in the district throughout 2017/2018, taking a close look at potential hazards including chemical safety, lack of ventilation and waste disposal. They will also look at cleaning, working procedures, infection control and maintenance of equipment and making sure that staff are adequately trained and are aware of the risks of the chemicals they are using including asthma, dermatitis, headaches and sore eyes.

Businesses failing to meet Health and Safety standards will be given an initial guidance letter, which will be followed up by an advisory visit. Enforcement action will be made if and when appropriate. The council has produced a special guidance leaflet to support the initiative, which will be distributed to businesses.

If you would like further information on this initiative please telephone (01926) 456717 or complete our online enquiry form.