1. What powers do inspectors have?
Inspectors have the right to enter any workplace without giving notice, though notice may be given where the inspector thinks it is appropriate. On a routine inspection the inspector would expect to look at the work place, the work activities, your management of health and safety, and check that you are complying with health and safety law.
A routine inspection can also take the form of a 'topic inspection' where a number of areas with current significance will be inspected in greater depth. The inspectors may also visit following a complaint, an accident or an incident. The inspector may offer guidance or advice to help you. They may also talk to employees and their representatives, take photographs and samples, serve 'improvement notices' and take action if there is a risk to health and safety that needs to be dealt with immediately.
When a member of our Environmental Health Commercial Team has carried out an inspection they will tell you about any items which concern them and require attention. The officer will issue a written report of inspection and they will ask you to sign it. The report will confirm the course of action decided on by the officer. It will indicate if the advice or concerns are to be put in writing or any further action taken.