HSENI doesn’t cover all health and safety matters
Before getting in touch, you should check below that we are the right people to contact.
Is HSENI the correct enforcing authority for you?
This page lists the type of workplaces HSENI is responsible for and those where Local Authorities/Councils have responsibility.
HSENI is responsible for enforcing health and safety at workplaces including:
- building sites
- schools and colleges
- gas, electricity and water systems
- hospitals and nursing homes
- central and local government premises
You should contact your local authority/council environmental health department if you have a query about the following type of premises. Please see relevant contact details for each council: Local authority/council contact details
- offices (except government offices)
- beauticians, nail bars, etc
- shops/retail premises
- leisure premises
- nurseries and playgroups
- pubs and clubs
- museums (privately owned)
- places of worship
- sheltered accommodation and care homes
How to make a complaint to HSENI
Please see details of how you can contact HSENI if you have a query about workplace premises in which we enforce health and safety:
- Online: Report of a complaint about unsafe work activities - To ensure that your complaint is dealt with quickly by the right authority you should only use this form for businesses which HSENI enforces (see HSENI's responsiblities)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where possible please provide your contact details to allow us to obtain additional information if necessary. Please also provide as much detail as possible in the space provided about the company carrying out the work, the premises where the work is taking place and the specific nature of your complaint.
You can also contact us by post at the following address:HSENI
83 Ladas Drive
Any information that you give will be treated in confidence, unless we are required to disclose it for legal reasons. Please note that HSENI will not contact you unless further information is required or a return call has been previously agreed.
- If you want to report a complaint for a workplace in Southern Ireland please visit Health and Safety Authority at:
- Health and Safety Authority website
- If you want to report a complaint in regards to a workplace in Great Britain, this should be reported to HSE at:
- Health and Safety Executive (GB) website
Information about complaints
A complaint is a concern, originating from outside HSENI, in relation to a work activity for which HSENI is the enforcing authority, that is sufficiently specific to enable identification of the issue and who has responsibility for the work activity, for example employer or building contractor and/or location, and that either:
- has caused or has potential to cause significant harm to individuals
- denies basic employee welfare facilities
- appears to constitute a significant breach of law for which HSENI is the enforcing authority
HSENI will investigate every such complaint received unless:
- it is outside the scope of the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978
- the complainant wishes to remain anonymous and will not allow HSENI to disclose that a complaint has been received (*see below)
- it has been made by an employee and has not been taken up with his/her employer or trade union (**see below)
- it is from a serial complainant and HSENI decides no further action is required
- there are no reasonably practicable precautions
- it is impracticable to investigate
HSENI may also decide not to investigate:
- where there have been a number of previous complaints against an employer and a significant proportion of those complaints have been found to be spurious
- where there has been a significant delay between an alleged breach or incident and the time that it is reported to HSENI (in these circumstances HSENI may chose only to assess any ongoing risk)
In exceptional circumstances HSENI may also decide not to investigate where it is faced with inadequate resources or other emerging priorities.
(*) Except where the complainant is an employee who may easily be identified and whose identification may endanger their future employment; a member of the public who is at risk or affected by the work activity; or a person whose property borders the workplace concerned.
(**) Except where the complainant is an employee who may easily be identified and whose identification may endanger their future employment.
Please see contact details for your local authority/council environmental health department if you have a query about premises in which they enforce health and safety:
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council
Ards & North Down Borough Council
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
Belfast City Council
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
Derry City & Strabane District Council
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
Mid Ulster District Council
Newry, Mourne & Down District Council