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Health and Safety

The aim of the Occupational Health and Safety Enforcement Service within Aberdeen City Council is to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of standards of occupational health and safety arising from work activities in the City. The ultimate objective is to to ensure that businesses adequately protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees , contractors and members of public who may be affected by their activities. We will do this in accordance with the Health & Safety Enforcement Policy.

As an Enforcing Authority, the authority has a responsibility for the provision of health and safety enforcement services covering a range of businesses, mainly within the service sector, covering approximately 3,900 premises. The types of businesses involved in health and safety enforcement include the following:

  • retail
  • wholesale
  • offices
  • catering
  • hotels
  • residential care homes

leisure and consumer services eg. launderettes, hairdressers, undertakers, shoe repair, tyre and exhaust fitters and churches.

We will do this primarily by investigating complaints relating to health, safety and welfare at workplaces, and any reported accidents arising in the course of work activities at these premises. We will also target certain activities for focussed intervention where we consider that the knowledge and standards of health and safety controls could be improved.

We can give you advice on how you can comply with the law .

Should you feel dissatisfied with the information you have been provided with or that you think that the law has been in appropriately applied , you may wish to contact the Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel.

The Health and Safety Executive website gives useful information including industry guidance, free leaflets and research reports on health and safety and on how to report accidents and dangerous occurrences at work.


Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Housing and Environment
Business Hub15
3rd Floor South
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB
Phone: 01224 523800
Fax: 01224 523887