Health and Safety

Local Authority and HSE

Enforcing Authorities

In the UK the enforcement of health and safety in the workplace is largely divided between local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The relevant enforcing authority for different categories of workplace is established by the Enforcing Authority Regulations.  These Regulations allocate responsibility according to the nature of the main work activity, as follows:

Local authority (unless Council run)

  • Shops 
  • Offices
  • Catering Premises
  • Accommodation 
  • Leisure and sporting activities 
  • Warehouses 
  • Residential care homes 
  • Hairdressers /Beauty parlors
  • Cinemas 
  • Tyre and exhaust centres 
  • Churches 
  • Launderettes 

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

  • Docks 
  • Farms 
  • Fairgrounds 
  • Construction activities 
  • Council owned premises
  • Dentists
  • Doctors 
  • Universities 
  • Schools 
  • Factories
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes 

The HSE website contains a comprehensive range of health and safety information and guidance that provides facts on health and safety legislation and what businesses have to do. Start by looking under the relevant topic or industry section.

If you require health and safety advice or technical advice in relation to a work activity for which Pembrokeshire County Council is the enforcing authority then contact us.

For technical advice in relation to a work activity for which HSE is the enforcing authority, please contact HSE using online form available on HSE website.

For further information contact:

Health and Safety Team, 
Public Protection Division, 
Pembrokeshire County Council, 
County Hall, 
SA61 1TP.

Tel: 01437 775179 
E-mail: health&

ID: 1407, revised 17/03/2023