Health and safety advice for employees

Our Environmental Health team is committed to helping businesses throughout Newark and Sherwood to meet their legal obligations and ensure health and safety is properly managed.

Our officers give advice to businesses on the simplest and most cost effective ways of identifying and managing relevant health and safety issues. We can assist any new or existing business on their statutory requirements by encouraging better general health and safety practices.

We’re also able to provide, or refer you to, the appropriate guidance on issues which may affect you and your business specifically.

Employee health and safety

‌All employees are entitled to a safe and healthy environment. In all workplaces, risks to health and safety must be identified and adequately controlled.

Employees should expect:

Safe working conditions

Employers should regularly consult their workers on health and safety issues. Any concerns raised by employees should be noted and acted on promptly. 

Staff welfare and facilities

Workplaces must meet the health, safety and welfare needs of employees. This may include providing basic welfare facilities such as toilets, washing facilities and drinking water. It may also include arrangements for people with disabilities. Find out more about workplace facilities on the HSE website.

First aid at work

Workplaces should have suitable arrangements to ensure employees receive immediate attention if they’re injured or taken ill at work. Find out more about first aid in the workplace on the HSE website.

Reporting accidents

You should inform your employer when workplace accidents occur. They’re responsible for reporting some work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences. Find out more on our accident reporting page.

We investigate complaints from employees regarding unsafe or poor working conditions in premises throughout the district. You should first raise any concerns directly with your employer (or through your safety representative) before contacting us. This gives your employer the opportunity to address the matter. If you’re not satisfied with their response or they fail to address your concerns, please contact us for further advice.

Find out more about your health and safety rights and responsibilities as an employee on the HSE website.