Health and Safety at Work
West Oxfordshire District Council in partnership with the HSE, other local authorities and local businesses is promoting a new strategy called "The Health and Safety of Great Britain - Be Part of the Solution". The strategy promotes a common-sense approach to improving work-related health and safety. You can get more advice by downloading the leaflet for Oxfordshire using the link to the right of this page.
The Council aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of all persons affected by those work activities for which the Council has an enforcement responsibility, and to promote health and safety within these activities. It does this by undertaking planned inspections and a range of other activities. The Council's Health and Safety Service Plan 2012-13 and Intervention Planning Summary Table are available to download on the right hand side of this page.
Workplaces for which the Council has an enforcement responsibility include shops, offices, hotels and catering establishments, sports, leisure and consumer services, places of workshop and warehouses. Responsibility in most other workplaces falls to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
If you have any queries, please use the online service on the right of this page to contact us.
The Health and Safety Executive website has information on most aspects of Health and Safety at Work.
For start up companies and small businesses go to the safestartup website.
Business Link is an easy to use business support, advice and information service, managed by the DTI.
Risk assessments are an essential part of ensuring your business operates in a safe and legal manner, so that employees and public are protected. If you are a small or medium sized employer (SME) and have difficulty in putting together a risk assessment, to meet the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, then HSE have produced some examples of industry specific assessments.
COSHH Essentials provides information about the use of chemicals or other hazardous substances.
The Council has produced guidance notes covering various topics of food safety, these are listed in the 'Publications' area of the site (prefixed by "Health & Safety") from where they can be ordered or downloaded.
To report an accident at work electronically please go to the RIDDOR website.
Notification of Cooling Towers etc.
A form to notify the Council about the installation of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers and a link to the Council's current register are available on the right of this page.
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