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Health and Safety work within the District is aimed at ensuring the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, and other people that may be affected by work activities. The Council’s health and safety role covers advice, training, and enforcement.

To assist businesses in complying with the law, advice and information is offered on health and safety matters by the Council’s Environmental Health Officers through.

  • Visiting businesses and discussing specific areas that are of interest.
  • Providing guidance and information packs to assist in understanding and complying with the law.
  • Running training workshops, in conjunction with the Eastern Group Environmental Health Committee, where advice and guidance is given in a more detailed and structured way. All training courses include practical sessions to ensure that the advice both useful and interesting. 

Health and Safety at Work

Health and Safety at Work is namely concerned with the prevention of injury, or disease to employees and those who visit the workplace.

Legal responsibilities are placed upon employers, including self-employed, employees and manufactures of equipment, as well as those who fit and maintain it.

In Northern Ireland Health and Safety Law is enforced by Council Environmental Health Departments and the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI). The responsible body depends on the business activity being carried out.


Down District Council


Service sector businesses


Retail shops



Government property


Mines and quarries

Restaurants and hotels


Residential homes

School and universities

Places of entertainment


Recreation facilities



For further information contact the Environmental Health Department on 028 44 610 824, who would be happy to help with any queries.  

All businesses where Down District Council is the responsible body should complete a Health and Safety Registration form, which can be downloaded here H&S Registration Form. The completed form should then be forwarded to the following address:

Environmental Health Department, Down District Council, Downshire Civic Centre, Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N. Ireland, BT30 6GQ 

Health and Safety Inspection

A health and Safety inspection will be carried out by an Environmental Health Officer from the council. A guide to what to expect during a Health and Safety inspection can be downloaded here H&S inspection Guide

Environmental Health Officers will provide advice on how to comply with Health and Safety law and if required can take enforcement action to ensure businesses comply. The enforcement action taken by an Officer will depend on the level of risk to people’s health and safety; further information can be found within Down District Council’s Health and Safety Enforcement Policy, which can be download here H&S Enforcement Policy

Other Infromation:

Basics for Employers

Reporting an Incident


Environmental Health
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
BT30 6GQ
T: 0 28 4461 0823