What We Do
- Carry out planned inspections of premises to assess the existing controls in place to deal with hazards.
- Investigate complaints about unsafe premises or working conditions.
- Investigate accidents reported to the department - The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 require employees to report certain accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the local authority.
- Provide free advice and information.
- Provide Health and Safety training (Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace).
- Implement campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of Health and Safety issues H&S service delivery plan.
- Maintain a register of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers.
- Compile a poisons register.
In performing our duties we adhere to guidance from The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and we liaise with other Councils to promote consistency of enforcement. The Council’s enforcement policy explains how we make decisions when enforcing the law.
April 2015 - Beko Gas Cooker and GDHA Gas Cooker
This safety alert provides guidance to Gas Safe registered businesses/engineers on a product modification required of certain models of gas cookers manufactured by BEKO.
Beko Gas Cooker - further details
GDHA Gas Cooker - further details
Who Enforces Health and Safety legislation within my premises?
Enforcement of Health and Safety at Work legislation is carried out by Environmental Health Officers from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and by Inspectors employed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI). However these inspectors are responsible for enforcement in different sectors.
A breakdown is given in the table below.
|Council Environmental Health:
||Mines & Quarries
|Places of worship
Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland
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Telephone: 028 9024 3249
Fax: 028 9023 5383
New To The Job Initiative:
‘New to the Job’ scheme aims to reduce risks for new workers - Young people and migrant workers most vulnerable
Workers are as likely to have a work-related accident in the first six months of a new job as they are during the rest of their working lives.
To address this trend, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) and 11 district councils have joined forces to create the ‘New to the Job’ scheme.
The scheme urges employers to educate and inform new employees about health and safety procedures from day one and encourages new workers to listen and learn.
Welcoming the scheme, HSENI Chief Executive Keith Morrison said:
“Additional efforts are needed to better inform new recruits about safety issues and to put in place proper procedures to protect workers from the moment they start a new job. Vulnerable employees, such as young and migrant workers, are particularly at risk when starting work and employers need to take specific action to protect them. Sadly, during the year April 2014 to March 2015, three workplace deaths of foreign nationals were reported to HSENI. This is a huge rise from one death over the previous eight years and clearly efforts must be stepped up to prevent more tragedies. I’d urge all employers to make sure that all staff learn and correctly follow health and safety procedures at all times.”
There are a number of reasons why risks increase for those new to the job. For example, workers new to a site may not recognise hazards as a potential source of danger or may not understand what more experienced workers might consider 'obvious rules’ for the use of equipment.
Also, they may be unfamiliar with a site’s layout - especially where site hazards can change from day to day. In addition, new workers may ignore or not notice warning signs and safety policies, or may be more tempted to cut corners.
Supporting the scheme, Principal Environmental Health Officer at Belfast City Council, Jennifer Murphy, said:
“This year we are focusing on workers from vulnerable groups, such as young people and migrant workers, and we along with District Council colleagues across Northern Ireland will be visiting businesses to remind employers of their legal responsibilities. We’ll also be offering advice and guidance on how they can protect the health, safety and well-being of all their employees.”
Employers are being encouraged to follow six steps to help protect ‘new to the job’ workers:
- Capability – take time to assess the new worker’s capabilities
- Induction - provide an induction which is carefully planned
- Control measures - make sure the control measures to protect against risk are up to date and are being properly used and maintained
- Information - provide relevant information, instruction and training
- Supervision - provide adequate supervision to avoid problems due to unfamiliarity and inexperience
- Check understanding - check workers have understood the information, instruction and training
A factsheet with more details about these six steps plus useful information and guidance for employers and employees is available for download: