Health and Safety

Responsibility for the enforcement of health and safety is split between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities.

Health and safety enforcement plan

The Council is required to prepare and publish an annual service plan.

Health and safety service Plan 2013/14 [pdf document]

Who is responsible for enforcement of Health and Safety?

The HSE deals with factories, building sites, mines and quarries, farms, fairgrounds, railways, chemical plant and offshore and nuclear installations.

Darlington Borough Council deals with shops, warehouses, offices, hotels and catering, sports, leisure, consumer services (such as launderettes, hairdressers, undertakers, shoe repair, tyre and exhaust (fitters), residential care homes and churches). 

Our work includes:

  • carrying out planned inspections
  • giving advice and information about health and safety
  • investigating complaints about health and safety in workplaces
  • investigating workplace accidents
  • registration of cooling towers and evaporative condensers
  • storage and use of pesticides at work and in the home

For advice and information about health and safety contact 01325 405111 or

Enforcement priorities

When enforcement officers visit workplaces they assess how employers manage the risk to their employees and others who may be affected by their work activities. To carry this out effectively enforcement officers concentrate on the activities that are known to cause deaths, injury and illness, at work. The priority topics are: fatal accidents, major injuries, and incidents of public concern.

More information about our enforcement policy [pdf document]

More information