Health and safety inspections | Health and safety inspections | Oldham Council

Health and Safety law is enforced either by our Environmental Health Team, or by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), depending on the type of workplace.

This page lists the workplaces we are responsible for and those where the HSE have responsibility.

HSE's responsibilities

HSE is responsible for enforcing health and safety at workplaces including:

  • factories
  • farms
  • building / construction sites
  • mines
  • schools and colleges
  • fairgrounds
  • gas, electricity and water systems
  • hospitals and nursing homes
  • central and local government premises
  • offshore installations

Oldham Council’s responsibilities

We have responsibility for enforcing health and safety at workplaces including:

  • offices (except government offices)
  • shops
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • leisure premises (gyms and swimming pools)
  • nurseries and playgroups
  • pubs and clubs
  • museums (privately owned)
  • places of worship
  • sheltered accommodation and care homes

Inspections and visits

Where appropriate, and in line with the National Local Authority Enforcement Code, We target and inspect workplaces:

  • in sectors which have the most serious risks
  • where we have information and intelligence that health and safety is a significant concern, such as:
    • previous visits and performance
    • concerns raised by workers, the public or others
    • incident investigations
    • reports of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences

How we carry out inspections

We may arrive to a workplace without warning. This isn’t unusual. We don’t always tell people we’re coming, and the law lets us visit at any reasonable time. It also allows us to come into the workplace to carry out the inspection.

When we inspect we:

  • speak to relevant people, for example managers, supervisors, workers and employee representatives
  • observe a sample of workplace activities, conditions and practices
  • assess relevant documents, if necessary
  • check whether risk controls are effective
  • identify any breaches of the law
  • consider appropriate enforcement


If we find a problem during an inspection, we may deal with it by giving advice, right through to serving a legal notice for more serious issues. Whatever action we take will be in line with our Corporate Enforcement Policy.


We aim to work closely with all businesses to provide a fair and consistent health and safety relationship. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by our staff and wish to complain please write to:

Environmental Health Manager

Commercial Protection,
Chadderton Town Hall,
Middleton Road, Chadderton
Oldham OL9 6PP

Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

If you should remain unhappy after discussing the issue with us, the HSE also operate an Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

The panel will look into issues raised by a business where they believe an officer has given advice that is incorrect or disproportionate. It will not look at issues where other independent appeals processes exist, such as for enforcement notices or prosecutions.