The Health and Safety Executive in Guernsey (HSE) is the regulator for workplace health and safety in Guernsey and Alderney.
We provide advice, inspect workplaces, investigate accidents and incidents at work and secure compliance with health and safety laws through enforcement notices and prosecutions.
The fundamental principle of Guernsey's health and safety legislation is that those who create the risks are best placed to manage them. This involves assessing the risks and putting measures in place to reduce or control the risks in the workplace.
Report an accident or a concern about workplace health and safety
Advice about workplace health and safety
- All employers and self-employed people have legal duties under Guernsey health and safety legislation, this extends to all businesses and housing landlords.
- Employees also have legal duties to cooperate with their employer and to use provided health and safety equipment correctly.
- If you need advice on workplace health and safety, please follow this link for guidance applicable in Guernsey and Alderney .
- If there is no specific Guernsey legislation applicable, HSE Guernsey will use UK legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance as the appropriate standard to benchmark health and safety compliance.
- Report health and safety concerns
Employment issues (contracts, unfair dismissal, pay...)
- The Health and Safety Executive enforce health and safety legislation in Guernsey and Alderney. We are not able to deal with disputes between employees and employers. You should speak to your manager, Human Resources or trade union representative if your workplace has one in the first instance.
- If these steps have failed, you need to contact the States of Guernsey Employment Relations Service, who may be able to advise you. They provide information about employment relations, employment contracts and industrial disputes.
First aid in the workplace
- There is a requirement for all places of work to provide prescribed first aid facilities and equipment (first-aid kit), and have a responsible person on that premise at all times to administer and make available first aid equipment.
- How many First-Aiders do we need?
- You must have at least one responsible person to take charge of any emergency: depending on the risk, this person should receive first-aid training (Emergency First-Aid at Work or equivalent as a minimum)
- The numbers of first aiders will depend on the activities and number of persons employed or visiting the business, premises or site. You will need to assess the risks and decide on the number of first-aiders you require, taking into account shift work, holidays and potential unavailability.
- What should be in a first-aid box?
- There is no mandatory list of items to put in a first-aid box. It depends on what you assess your needs to be. As a guide, where work activities involve low-level hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items would be:
- a leaflet giving general guidance on first aid (eg HSE's leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work);
- individually wrapped sterile plasters (of assorted sizes), appropriate to the type of work (you can provide hypoallergenic plasters if necessary);
- sterile eye pads;
- individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile;
- safety pins;
- large, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings;
- medium-sized, individually wrapped, sterile, unmedicated wound dressings;
- disposable gloves (you can find more advice at www.hse.gov.uk/skin/employ/gloves.htm).
- The Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance 1987, places duties on employers to demonstrate that they have done everything reasonably practicable to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare at work of their employees.
- UK regulations and guidance, L74 First Aid at Work and INDG 214 First Aid at Work (both published by the HSE UK), set the appropriate standard of first-aid arrangements to benchmark compliance with Guernsey legislation. HSE use these standards to decide on enforcement action in Guernsey.
- The Health and Safety Executive do not deal with food hygiene and food safety issues.
- Please follow this link to check a food business hygiene rating (star rating).
- If you have a concern or comment, you may contact the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation on 01481 711161 or via their contact form.
- If you run a food business, find more information by following this link.
Licences and permits
- This means we give 'permission' for certain work activities involving significant hazard, risk or public concern, for example where there are risks of:
- multiple fatalities from a single or linked series of events,
- widespread and significant adverse effects on human health.
- A permissioning regime means particular work activities can only start or continue when we grant a permit, for example, for the erection of scaffolds (follow this link for scaffold permit applications and guidance).
- A 'licence' is an authorisation from us to undertake a work activity which would otherwise be unlawful. It is only granted for very specific work activities.
- We operate licensing regimes in certain industry sectors where we provide authorisation for specific work activities, for example:
- issuing licences for explosives manufacture, importation and storage (follow this link for explosives licence application and guidance),
- issuing licences for petroleum storage and dispensing (follow this link for petroleum licence application and guidance),
- granting approvals (usually specifying working methods or equipment), eg for chemical products such as pesticides (follow this link for pesticide licence application and guidance)
- providing exemptions from legislation where we are satisfied that people's health and safety will not be affected (eg asbestos).
Regulator for workplace health and safety
- HSE's primary function is to secure the health, safety and welfare of people at work and to protect others from risks to health and safety from work activity.
- In Guernsey, HSE regulate all work activities, including:
Unwanted chemicals and hazardous waste
- States Works now collect hazardous unwanted chemicals from householders and businesses. The States of Guernsey later export the waste for recovery or disposal, given the lack of suitable facilities on island. Some of the services are chargeable.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01481 246263 to dispose of unwanted chemicals and hazardous waste.
HSE standards of service
- We aim to provide excellent standards of service to all those who interact with us. If you are not satisfied with our service, please contact the HSE or phone 01481 234567 to discuss your concerns.
- If you received excellent service, please let us know by completing the online Compliments, Complaints and Comments form.
- If you want to complain about the service you received from HSE, you can do so via the States of Guernsey www.gov.gg/ccc.
HSE data protection and privacy commitment
- How we obtain and use personal data
- HSE's functions are set out in the Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1987. In carrying out these functions, we necessarily collect information on businesses and individuals. You might also provide us with information by using this website, for example, by giving us feedback or sending a query or request to us. HSE is registered as a data controller under the Data Protection (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2017 (as amended) and a description of how we use personal information is included on HSE's entry on the register which is maintained by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.
- HSE is under a legal duty to protect any personal information we collect and we will only use that information in accordance with the law, including the Data Protection Laws and the Health and Safety at Work Ordinance.
- Privacy notice
- We use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard data and apply strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. In order to carry out our functions and respond to enquiries effectively, we will sometimes need to share information with other government committees, the emergency services, law enforcement agencies and public authorities (including Trading Standards, Environmental Health, the waste authority). However, we will only do this where it is permitted by law or for the purpose of criminal investigations.
- We will not usually share your personal information with external parties without your consent except where we are required to by Law or in connection with a criminal investigation. In the absence of any previous consent provided by you, we will contact you should we consider disclosure to a third party is necessary for us to fully investigate your complaint or enquiry.
- This privacy notice does not cover any third party websites reached via links on this website. You are advised to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.