Health and safety regulation and inspection

Environmental Standards officers regularly check local businesses and their premises to ensure that safe and healthy working conditions are provided for all employees and visitors.

The most important piece of health and safety law in the United Kingdom is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This Act is enforced by local councils and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

In general, we enforce Health and Safety at work in businesses such as:

  • retail outlets,
  • offices,
  • catering services,
  • hotels and residential homes,
  • animal care and accommodation,
  • church worship and religious meetings,
  • child care premises.


Some of these areas of work have specific exceptions which are dealt with by the HSE, who also deal with other business types including:

  • fairgrounds,
  • mines,
  • quarries,
  • agriculture,
  • construction,
  • railways; and airports.


We try to to ensure that businesses in Fife comply with their legal obligations to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and the safety of contractors and the public where work activities may pose a risk to their health.

We do this by making routine inspections of businesses on a frequency that relates to the risks posed by the activities undertaken by the business.

We give advice on safe practices to help businesses and individuals to work safely. We deal with issues including: 

  • the reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences at work,
  • inspection of health and safety risk assessments and the physical inspection of systems of work to ensure compliance with the law.

For more information contact

Consumer and Business Education
Tel: 01592 583141 Contact Consumer and Business Education online
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