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We are responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations in businesses which include catering and hospitality, hairdressing and beauty, motor vehicles, working in an office, retail and warehousing in Peterborough to make sure they are safe for all employees and visitors.

Details about services offered by our Health and Safety team to help businesses comply with health and safety law are outlined below. Further advice is available from our health and safety team by calling customer services on 01733 747474 or by emailing

The Health and Safety Executive website is also a useful source of information.

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Health and safety investigations

Our health and safety team carry out investigations into complaints, reportable accidents and ill health in relation to the work place. If you are an employee and you think the law is being broken, or minimum standards are ignored within your workplace, you can contact:

If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, you can raise it with the relevant Health and Safety enforcing authority who will decide if an investigation is necessary.  

If you need to make a complaint about a business enforced by us, please email or call customer services on 01733 747474.

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Accident reporting and ill health at work

If you have suffered ill health or an injury in the workplace, certain accidents and ill health are reportable under the 'Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations' RIDDOR legislation

  • Some accidents involving members of the public within a workplace open to the public, such as a shop or leisure facility, are also reportable to RIDDOR, if the injured person is taken to hospital from the scene of the accident
  • If, as an employee, you have suffered an accident in a workplace that was not reported, and you believe that it should be investigated, you may raise it with the relevant Health and Safety enforcing authority, who will decide if an investigation is necessary

Details of how to make a report are contained on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Our health and safety officers investigate incidents reported to us in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive's Incident Selection Criteria and consideration of the Enforcement Policy Statement.

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Risks at work

Controlling the risks in your workplace is part of health and safety and are identified by risk assessment, which is required by law.

If you have less than five employees, you do not need to record your risk assessment results. The Health and Safety Executive holds information about controlling risks in the workplace and also details how to assess risks in your workplace. 

Example risk assessments show how other small and medium-sized businesses have approached risk assessment. Other regulations requiring risk assessment:

The Health and Safety Executive provides comprehensive guidance on manual handling and the risk assessment of hazardous manual handling.

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Cooling towers

Cooling towers and evaporative condensers are regarded as a significant risk to the spread of legionella bacteria and legionnaire’s disease, when poorly managed. It is essential that all premises must register with us if it houses a cooling tower or evaporative condenser, under the Notification of Cooling Tower and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992.

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Name Location
Mars Mars Pet Care, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 7BY
Land Registry Touthill Close, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1XN
Magistrates Court Magistrates Court, Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1ED
County Court Crown Court, Rivergate, Peterborough, PE1 1EJ
Perkins Technology Ltd Perkins, Vicarage Farm Road, Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5NA
Kitchen Range Foods Kitchen Range Foods Ltd, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 6XU
New Covent Garden Food Co Ltd New Covent Garden Foods, Westwood Farm, Netherton, Peterborough, PE3 9UW
Tesco Stores Limited 1 Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough, PE1 4YT
Chiltern Cold Storage Group Ltd Chiltern Cold Storage Group Ltd, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 7LB
Royal Air Force Royal Air Force Wittering, Great North Road, Wittering, Peterborough, PE8 6HB
Peter Brotherhood Ltd 85 Papyrus Road, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 5HG
XPO Logistics Xpo Logistics, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 7LB


Asbestos is the greatest single cause of work-related deaths. Huge amounts of asbestos were installed in buildings during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's and much of it is still in place today.

If you own, manage or have responsibility for a workplace building that may contain asbestos you need to think about the risk of exposure to workers and others who may use the building. You need to be able to identify, assess and manage any asbestos materials on your premises. 

If you are a household in Peterborough that wishes to dispose of asbestos, please visit our Householders Recycling Centre webpage which provides advice on how to safely dispose of this material.

Further asbestos guidance and regulations are available from the Health and Safety Executive website.

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Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is produced when fossil fuels are burnt and is a particular problem in enclosed spaces.

Businesses that choose to use charcoal indoors must have appropriate control measures to ensure the safety of their staff, and others who may be affected by carbon monoxide emissions. Ideally, fuels such as charcoal should never be used in indoor grills or other cooking appliances.

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Event safety

We consider the safety of the public at organised events to be a priority, and play an active role in providing organisers with advice and guidance for planning and organising their event.

Event safety form

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The Event Safety Advisory Group (SAG), comprises senior officers from all of the emergency services, the council and also representatives from other relevant organisers. The agencies consider any implications and ensure that there are sufficient resources available should there be an incident for which they are required.

For event safety notifications, advice or guidance please call 01733 453464 or email

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Health and Safety DVD loan service

Local businesses are offered a helping hand to comply with health and safety law through our free DVD loan service. A variety of useful health and safety DVD's are available for hire, free of charge, to businesses located within the district. These can prove to be useful in assisting with staff training needs or to help managers and appointed persons update their knowledge.

Complete the form below to request the DVD's you would like.

Health and Safety Guidance

Free video and DVD loan service
up to 5 working days