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Workplace health and safety

We can investigate some premises that are potentially unsafe for the health or wellbeing of anyone working or visiting there.  We can also take legal action against any business that is breaking the law.

We investigate concerns such as:

  • Serious accidents and incidents
  • work-related illness
  • dangerous occurrences
  • asbestos issues
  • unsafe practices or unhealthy working conditions

Report a health and safety accident here.

Report a health and safety issue here.

Report a piercing health and safety issue here.

Ask a health and safety query here.

What happens after you report a health and safety issue?

Depending on what it is, we may visit the premises to carry out an inspection without warning. 

If we believe there’s been a breach of health and safety law, we can take enforcement action – this can range from offering informal advice to starting prosecution proceedings.

We will contact you directly to confirm what action we have taken. For more information on workplace safety, please read the Health and Safety Executive’s guide.

Your identity

If we pursue legal action to resolve your complaint, your identity may be revealed during legal proceedings. The person accused of neglecting your health and safety at work will have a legal right to know who made a complaint against them if they decide to appeal council action. You could also be required to give evidence if the case goes to court.

Managing your water systems

We must remind you that it is a legal requirement for internal and external water systems to be managed correctly at all times, even when the building is closed.

We have devised the document ‘The dangers of Legionella for businesses closed during the pandemic ’ to help you with managing the water system when your building may have been partially or fully closed to staff and/or customers.

The practical steps detailed in the leaflet can help you prevent exposure to the harmful Legionella bacteria which can cause Legionnaire’s disease.

If you require any further information or have any queries on the above information please contact the Environmental Health, Food & Workplace Safety Team at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils at

Contact us - Food and Workplace Safety

01235 422403
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

Vale of White Horse District Council
Food and Workplace Safety Team
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE