Health and safety

The Health and Safety Team aims to provide a safe and healthy environment for people at work and those who may be affected by work activities. It inspects and enforces legislation in over 3,500 premises.

The role of the health and safety inspector

What to expect when a health and safety inspector calls

Health and Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the authoritative body in Great Britain for issues relating to health and safety in the workplace. They provide information on all aspects of work-related health and safety, as well as HSE’s official guidance — all completely free.

There is also contains a range of practical tools to help people comply with health and safety law.

Their Health and safety made simple pages provide information to help businesses operating in low-risk environment meet their basic health and safety requirements.

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Charcoal use – Carbon monoxide project

Many cafes and restaurants are now using or intend using charcoal burners to cook food.

There are potential dangers attached to their use.

The guidance here will help you comply with the law and keep staff, customers, and others who may be affected, safe.

Health and Safety Executive - Preventing exposure to carbon monoxide from use of solid fuel appliances in commercial kitchens.

Charcoal use in smoke control areas

The whole borough is a smoke control area.

Section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993 makes it an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area.

It is an offence under section 23(1) to acquire an unauthorised fuel for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an “exempt” appliance (“exempted” from the controls which generally apply in the smoke control area).

Authorised fuels in England

Fuels which are authorised by Statutory Instruments (Regulations) made under the Clean Air Act 1993.

They include manufactured solid smokeless fuels.

These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke.

Charcoals suitable for use in a non-exempt appliance:

  • Big K Restaurant Grade Charcoal
  • CPL Restaurant Grade Charcoal
  • Direct Charcoal Blue Bag Premium Grade Restaurant Charcoal
  • Direct Charcoal Blue Bag Restaurant Charcoal
  • G N Grosvenor (Fuel Express) Restaurant Charcoal

New charcoals may become approved by DEFRA over time, so please check for the most up to date information.

Smoke free workplace and public places

Since July 2007 smoking in any workplace and public place in England has been prohibited.

It is the responsibility of owners and managers to ensure that they display at least 1 legible no-smoking sign on their premises.

Barking and Dagenham’s Enforcement Team will be actively visiting premises across the borough to ensure that the smoke free legislation is being adhered to in order that the public are be able to benefit from clean air at work and also in enclosed public places.

It is an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Health Act 2006 for businesses to fail to display the no smoking sign.

This means businesses or persons in charge of those businesses could be prosecuted for an offence, which upon conviction carries a maximum fine of £1,000 or a fixed penalty notice of £200.

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Good health and safety practice makes good management sense.

The cost in terms of lost working days, litigation or prosecution can be extremely bad for business.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the UK’s leading provider of nationally recognised qualifications in safety.

From levels 1 to 4, CIEH qualifications ensure that workers are appropriately trained in safe working practices.

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We are responsible for health and safety enforcement in the following types of premises in the borough:

  • offices
  • shops
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • leisure premises
  • nurseries and playgroups
  • pubs and clubs
  • museums (privately owned)
  • places of worship
  • sheltered accommodation and care homes

The HSE is responsible for most other premises. Check the HSE guide if you’re not sure.

Check who enforces health and safety where you work

Report health and safety issues in a business

The best way to report a health and safety issue is by using our online form. To use the form, you need to be signed in to your My Account. If you don’t have one, you can create a My Account.

Report a health and safety issue

Reporting injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences

If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises, you have a duty under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) to report certain:

  • serious workplace accidents
  • occupational diseases
  • specified dangerous occurrences (near misses)

Make a RIDDOR report

What must be reported:

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Cooling towers and evaporative condensers have been associated with outbreaks of Legionella (Legionnaires’ disease).

The Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 requires all premises containing a wet cooling tower, evaporative condenser or both to notify local authorities on an approved form. This is to identify potential sources of risk and allow enforcing authorities to monitor and inspect the towers and condensers more easily.

Responsibility for the enforcement of standards of assessment and control is split between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the local authority, depending on the main activity of the premises.

Both the local authority and the HSE will make several visits to premises to make sure that standards are met. They will take action where appropriate.

If you have any queries about premises within Barking and Dagenham that have notifiable devices in operation, or wish to notify us of a new or closed plant, please contact Environmental Health.

Registration and risk-assessment

Register or notify the council of a cooling tower or evaporative condenser

Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers regulations (PDF, 61.52 KB)

Complete a risk assessment to make sure you are complying with the current regulations

Cooling towers risk assessment form (PDF, 88.47 KB)

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PremisesLocal authority/HSE enforcedNumber of towers/condensers
Dairy Crest Dairies Ltd
Selinas Lane
HSESix condensers
Ford Motor Company
Kent Avenue
HSEFour towers
Five condensers
Kuehne Nagel Ltd
Pooles Lane
LATwo condensers
Thames Power Services Ltd
Chequers Lane
HSEOne tower
Wigham House
16–30 Wakering Road
IG11 8PD
LATwo towers


Environmental Health, Enforcement services

Barking Town Hall, Lower Ground Floor, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU