Guide

What to expect from a health and safety visit

Introduction

If you employ people, you may receive a routine or surprise visit from a health and safety inspector. The inspector may be from the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) or the environmental health department of your local authority. The inspector's job is to help you provide a safe working environment. They will also advise you on how to meet your legal obligations.

A health and safety compliance officer from the HSENI may also visit you, instead of an inspector. Their role is to provide you with advice, direct you to information sources and gather information about your business.

This guide explains why inspections are carried out, how you should prepare for them and the type of follow-up action you might need to take.