We have to inspect certain types of premises to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation. Our aim is to secure the health, safety and welfare of people at work and people who may be affected by work activities.

You must not obstruct officers when they inspect your premises.

When do we inspect?

Our authorised officers have the right to enter and inspect premises at all reasonable hours, this may include visits in the early morning or during the evening. Routine inspections are usually made without prior notice.

How often we inspect depends on the potential risk posed by the business, the previous record of compliance and our confidence in its management systems. High risk premises may expect a visit every 12 months, others less often.

We may also visit after receiving a complaint, as part of an accident investigation or as part of an enforcement initiative/campaign.

What to expect from an inspection

Our officers will show you their ID.

You will get information on health, safety and welfare issues identified during the visit, advice on how to comply with legal requirements and the timescale for compliance.

There will be a clear distinction between what are legal requirements and advice/recommendations.

You will be sent a written summary of actions required. It will give details of the regulations contravened and an indication of the timescale for completion of the work required.

HSE guidance on what to expect from an inspection.

What powers do officers have?

  • They can enter a premises at any reasonable time. If they believe the situation may be dangerous, they can enter at any time.
  • They can take samples and photographs, they can disable, dismantle or confiscate equipment, and they can inspect and take copies of documents.
  • They can write formally requesting that works be done or faults rectified.
  • They can serve improvement notices that require works to be done.
  • Where they consider that activities pose a risk of serious personal injury they may serve a prohibition notice prohibiting activities either immediately or with effect at the end of a stated period of time.
  • They can recommend a prosecution.
Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841335 or email