Health and safety at work

We enforce health and safety law in premises such as

  • shops 
  • hotels
  • offices
  • restaurants
  • private nurseries 
  • pubs and clubs. 

This is to make sure they are safe for staff and anyone else on the premises, including customers.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety in other types of premises including

  • factories 
  • building sites 
  • government buildings and hospitals.

Inspections and investigations

We carry out regular inspections of the businesses we are responsible for. We also investigate accidents and health and safety complaints.

Contact us for advice on health and safety matters or if you have concerns about a premises that we enforce health and safety in.

If you are re-opening after being closed due to COVID-19 download the COVID-19 opening checklist for advice.

Advice for businesses

Contact Healthy Working Lives for free advice for businesses to make sure they comply with the law.

The HSE offers information for new businesses who are starting up or want to know how to comply with health and safety legislation. Their health and safety toolbox has information on specific issues.

Food Health and Safety

Address: Waverley Court G1
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh,
EH8 8BG

Telephone: 0131 608 1100