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Health and safety inspections

Health and safety inspections

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and associated regulations states:

It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.

This Act also requires employers to ensure that persons not in their employment are not exposed to risks to their health and safety connected with the work activities of the employer's work.

Officers from the Health and Safety Section of Environmental Health at Chesterfield Borough Council may visit your premises to:

  • investigate an accident
  • investigate a complaint
  • carry out an inspection

The officers may need to see documentation and/or equipment, including:

  • health and safety policy (if there are five or more employees)
  • risk assessments (if there are five or more employees)
  • control of substances hazardous to health assessments (COSHH) (if there are 5 or more employees)
  • staff training records (including certificates where relevant)
  • health and safety law poster or leaflet (if you have employees)
  • insurance of certificate of employers' liability (if you have employees)
  • asbestos survey/risk assessment and asbestos management plan (if you rent the premise, it could be with your landlord)
  • accident book and first aid kit/s (including any accident investigation you have completed)
  • gas safety certificates (for boilers, gas heaters, cookers and other gas appliances and systems)
  • electrical safety reports (for the fixed mains installation, ie, sockets, wiring, fuse board)
  • electrical maintenance records (portable appliances, ie, fridges, kettles – also known as PAT)
  • inspection reports (lifting equipment) (for passenger and goods lifts, fork-lift trucks, dumb waiters, etc.)
  • inspection reports (pressure systems) (for compressors, cappuccino machines, etc.)
  • personal protective equipment (PPE for hazardous jobs, ie, gloves, overalls, safety boots, safety goggles, etc.)
  • list of appointed persons or first aiders
  • first aid kit

More information

You can find out more on the Health and Safety Executive website. The website contains useful information on health and safety including example risk assessments.

Contact us

Telephone : 01246 345345  or Email:

Food and Health and Safety
Chesterfield Borough Council
Environmental Health
Stonegravels Depot
Old Brickworks Lane
Stonegravels, Chesterfield
S41 7LF

Last updated on 08 April 2020