Starting a new business for a new employer can be quite challenging especially where the need to manage health and safety in the workplace becomes apparent.  Health and safety law applies to all businesses where work is carried out, no matter how small and the employer or self-employed person holds responsibility for this.

New businesses only have to register their premises if it’s a food establishment or are producing, storing, using, and/or transporting substances defined under major hazard legislation.  Your local authority will be able to provide advice on the licensing or registration requirements associated with; planning, business rates, business waste, building controls and food safety.

If the business is being refurbished or moving into a new business property there are a number of hazards associated with these activities. If not planned correctly, exposing contractors, members of the public and your employees could put them at an undue risk. Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 pre-construction information must be provided to contractors in order for them to plan and provide an estimated timescale and costing for the work to be completed. In turn the contractors have to provide relevant documentation to ensure they are managing health and safety during the life of a construction project.

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