Shropshire Council

What can you do if you don’t feel safe at work?

Firstly, you should look at the Government guidance to check what your employer should be doing to keep the workplace safe and healthy. 

If you can, you should speak to the person in charge of your workplace. They should be able to explain the measures they're taking to keep you safe and answer any concerns you have. If you're a member of a trade union you should contact your representative. Trade unions will challenge an employer that does not follow the government guidance. 

What do I do if I still have concerns that my employer isn’t doing enough? 

We're the responsible body for health and safety enforcement in warehouses, offices, shops, sheltered accommodation and residential care homes, take-aways, restaurants, pubs and clubs and hotels.

Workers at the above businesses in Shropshire can report concerns to us by completing a form or calling 0345 6789067 (select option 3). 

The Health and Safety Executive is the responsible body for enforcement in other sectors such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare and local and central government premises. 

If you work in those sectors you can report your concerns to the HSE using an online form on the HSE website. If you can't use the form, you can phone the HSE on 0300 003 1647, and they'll fill in the form with you. 

What happens next? 

We'll prioritise reports that are made depending on the information in those reports, and our knowledge of the businesses’ general regulatory compliance levels. Please give your contact details when you submit a report so that we can contact you for further information or clarification of your concerns. Anonymous reports which lack specific information may be difficult to verify and follow up.

Concerns will initially be followed up by phone call or email, and the majority will be resolved by giving advice to the business. However, there may be some cases where enforcement is required to secure improvements to comply with the guidance. 

Concerned about whistleblowing? 

If you submit a report, we won't disclose your identity to your employer, but sometimes the specific circumstances of the concerns you raise may make it difficult to remain anonymous. Whistleblowers are protected by law. Find out more from the government guidance.