Inspections and investigations

Environmental Health Officers can carry out checks on offices, shops, warehouses, catering premises, customer service activities, places used for leisure activities and other non-industrial premises.

This helps ensure that safe food and safe working conditions are provided for all employees and members of the public visiting these premises.

After an inspection a report will be sent to the business operator either by email or by post (if the operator does not have an email address).

The report will highlight issues picked up during the inspection and will clearly distinguish between legal requirements and advice.

If repeated and/or serious non-compliance is found officers may also:

  • serve an 'improvement notice', which sets out certain things that you must do to comply
  • serve a 'prohibition notice' stopping the use of equipment or an activity
  • serve an 'emergency prohibition notice' which will result in closure of the business (food premises only)
  • detain and/or seize food or equipment
  • recommend prosecution

Environmental Health Officers also investigate food poisonings, accidents at work and enforce smokefree legislation.