The council is responsible for promoting good practice to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public in a range of workplaces.

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1. Work shouldn't hurt

Your safety and your health are important to us at Lambeth Council - we want to ensure you have a safe workplace.

  • Slips, trips or falls cause the majority of accidents at work. Tell your employer if there is a problem. If they don't take action, tell us.
  • One-third of all work-related sickness is caused by stress. If you have a problem, tell your employer. You or your employer can contact us for advice.
  • Employees with special needs, from becoming pregnant to having a disability, should have their needs considered. Talk to us if you're unsure about what to do.

2. How we can help

We can give confidential advice if you're worried about:

  • dangerous working practices, equipment and premises
  • health risks in the workplace
  • being asked to do something that may damage your health or others.

We also:

  • investigate workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences
  • investigate complaints about safety in the workplace
  • investigate environmental nuisance in the workplace
  • carry out inspections of business premises
  • advise employers on safeguarding the health and safety of their employees.

3. Enforcement

Where necessary, we can take enforcement action to ensure that employers comply with the laws on health and safety in the workplace - and that can include prosecution, if that is what's needed.

Prosecutions register

If businesses have been prosecuted for Health and Safety breaches, the details will be available on the Health and Safety Executive website - go to the Health and Safety Executive's Public Register of Convictions website.

Reporting accidents

RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) requires the reporting of work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences. It applies to all work activities, but not to all incidents.

The Health and Safety Executive's Incident Contact Centre website provides information about RIDDOR and allows you to report accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

Health and safety regulations

You can get advice leaflets from the Health and Safety Executive website, including 'Health and safety regulation a short guide'.

4. Contact us

London Borough of Lambeth
Food, Health and Safety Team
PO Box 734
SO23 5DG
Telephone: 020 7926 6110