East Devon District Council

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Guide How health and safety is enforced

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1. Who is responsible for enforcing

The task of ensuring that health and safety at work law is enforced is shared between local councils like us and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

We cover mainly commercial activities, which include shops, warehouses, offices, hotels and catering, sports, leisure, consumer services (launderettes, hairdressers, undertakers, shoe repair, tyre and exhaust fitters), residential care homes and churches. Our Commercial Team look after these businesses in East Devon.

The HSE mainly cover industrial activities, factories, building sites, mines and quarries, agriculture, railways, chemical plant and offshore and nuclear installations. They also cover fairgrounds.