Environmental health

Health and safety

Information on health and safety concerns in your workplace, reporting of accidents and gas safety.

Whilst the main responsibility for managing health and safety lies with the business who creates the risk, we play an important role in ensuring the effective and proportionate management of risks. We are responsible for enforcing health and safety legislation in many workplaces within Hillingdon. An annual work plan considers national planning priorities.

If you are an employee, try to resolve workplace issues directly with your employer before contacting us. You may also raise such issues with your safety representative if your workplace has a recognised trade union. Read the council's responsibilities in terms of health and safety concerns in the workplace.

Report a concern to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

To report an issue to us, email foodhealthandsafety@hillingdon.gov.uk or call 01895 250190 or the duty officer on 01895 250111.

If your workplace is located in another area then you should contact the respective local authority for that area.

Accident reporting

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) places a duty on employers, the self-employed, and those in control of workplaces to report a range of events including certain types of accidents and dangerous occurrences. If we accept an accident report, a policy decision will be made on whether or not to investigate. This is guided by the HSE incident selection criteria guidance.

Report an accident or incident

Cooling towers and legionellosis

The borough has a number of wet cooling towers which are routinely prioritised for inspection or another type of intervention in order to prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria which can cause Legionnaires Disease. Legionella growth and proliferation can be controlled and guidance on how to manage this can be obtained from the HSE Legionella and legionnaires disease index. In the event of an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease, we will follow the  London Boroughs' Legionellosis Incident Protocol (PDF) [386KB]

We maintain a public register of all cooling towers registered within Hillingdon. To obtain a copy of this register, email foodhealthandsafety@hillingdon.gov.uk.

Page last updated: 08 Aug 2022