Workplace and public safety

The council’s Food and Safety team deals with work-related health and safety, inspects work premises, investigates complaints and work-related accidents, and provides advice and information on health and safety.

Further information


If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises, you have to report certain work related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

For more information or to report an accident, injury or dangerous occurrence visit the RIDDOR (Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995) pages of the HSE website.


Asbestos is still present in many buildings, although its use is now illegal. Asbestos related diseases are still one of the biggest killers in the UK.

For advice and guidance on managing and working with asbestos, please visit the asbestos advice page on the HSE website.

If you are a member of the public and believe you may have asbestos in your home, advice can be found in our Asbestos in Domestic Premises leaflet [DOC, 80Kb] and on the asbestos FAQs page of the HSE website.

Control of substances hazardous to health

For advice and guidance on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) see the COSHH pages of the HSE website.

For help carrying out a COSHH assessment for your business, visit the COSHH Essentials website.


Loud noise in the workplace can cause permanent hearing damage. Damage can include loss of hearing or ringing in the ears (tinnitus). More information on noise in the workplace can be found on the noise at work pages of the HSE website.

For other types of noise nuisance, for example, noisy neighbours, barking dogs and loud music, please visit our noise page.


You are not allowed to smoke in enclosed spaces, which includes pubs, clubs, taxis, garages, workshops, factories, cafes and restaurants.  Ignoring this law can lead to a fixed penalty. See our fixed penalty notices page for details of fines.

For more information, national guidance and downloads, please visit the Government website.

If you have a complaint about health and safety in a workplace within North Lincolnshire, please use our online form to report it.

Report a health and safety issue to North Lincolnshire Council

Alternatively, you can contact the Food and Safety team for information and advice.

To decide who you should refer your complaint to read the following lists.

Report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

  • Factories
  • Farms
  • Building sites
  • Nuclear installations
  • Mines
  • Schools and colleges
  • Fairgrounds
  • Gas, electric and water systems
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Central and local government premises
  • Offshore installations

Report to North Lincolnshire Council

  • Offices, except government offices
  • Shops
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure premises
  • Nurseries and playgroups
  • Pubs and clubs
  • Museums (privately owned)
  • Places of worship
  • Sheltered accommodation
  • Care homes


To complain to the HSE please visit the  HSE website.

The HSE also provide good advice on workplace health and safety concerns, for example, how to raise concerns and trying to resolve issues and concerns.

Infection control – safe events

To aid organisers, the Government has produced non-statutory guidance on how to organise events safely while reducing the risk of spreading infection.

It is recommended that you read the full guidance on the Gov.UK website before organising your event.

Event Safety Advisory Group

The North Lincolnshire Event Safety Advisory Group is made up of members representing several core authorities and relevant departments, who can offer advice and guidance, but can also grant permissions and licences for your event such as land permission and Temporary Events Notices (TENs).

Our ESAG members include:

  • Humberside Police
  • Humberside Fire and Rescue
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Environmental Health & Environmental Protection
  • Food Safety
  • Highways & Neighbourhood Services
  • Licensing
  • Markets
  • Network Management
  • Safety Solutions
  • Waste Management

Where necessary, other departments may be involved depending on the event such as:

  • Safety Advisory Group (Sportsground safety)
  • Historic & Natural Environment
  • Town Centre Management.


Organising an event

By working closely with organisers, we can give advice and support to encourage high standards of public safety and wellbeing, to make sure events are as safe and successful as possible. The group would like to hear from you, if you are planning an event in North Lincolnshire whereby:

  1. There is an attendance in excess of 100 people
  2. There is a high-risk activity such as:
    • The use of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO)
    • A sporting event on open roads
    • Funfair/rides/bouncy castles/inflatables
    • Attendance of military or uniformed personnel
    • Bonfire/fireworks
    • Temporary structures.

To assist you, we have created an event notification form to help you with organising your event.

Hosting an event can have its challenges; from crowd management to risk assessments, first aid and lost children. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a written plan for the following:

  • Event Management Plan
  • Risk Assessments for all activities
  • Infection Control risk assessment
  • Medical Plan
  • Detailed Event Site Map
  • Environmental Plan (where applicable)
  • Security Plan (including Counter Terrorism)
  • Marshalling/Stewarding Plan (where applicable)
  • Protection of vulnerable adults and children, including lost and found children
  • Public Liability Insurance (minimum recommendation is £5,000,000 unless the event involves a specific activity)


Other considerations when event planning

Use of Council land

If you are intending to hold an event on council land, please contact the Highways and Neighbourhoods Team on 01724 297000 or email: neighbourhoodservices@northlincs.gov.uk. They will consider your enquiry and you may need to make an application to gain the necessary permission.

Copies of the application forms and a list of supporting documents is noted below:

Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the event. A list of council owned land that may be available for use as event sites can be obtained by contacting the Neighbourhoods Team.

Use of public roads or footpaths

If your event is taking place on roads or footpaths within North Lincolnshire, then a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) may be required if you anticipate any of the following:

  • Road closure
  • Traffic diversion
  • Footway closure
  • On-street parking restrictions.

Enquiries can be made to the Network Management Team on 01724 297000 or by emailing: network.management@northlincs.gov.uk in advance of your event. There are legal requirements involved in processing a TTRO and applications must be made no later than 12 weeks before an event.

An application for a TTRO can be completed using the form below and sent to the Network Management Team.

Licensable Activities

Under the Licensing Act 2003 if you wish to conduct licensable activities infrequently or for a single event, you must submit a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

Further information and the notice form can be found via the Licensing webpage. You can also contact Licensing on 01724 297000 or by email Licensing@northlincs.gov.uk

Market stalls

If your event will have five or more stalls, you must apply for an Occasional Market Consent. This includes events in schools, village halls or other buildings, in addition to outdoor events and funfairs.

You can apply for consent online. If you would like to discuss your application, please contact the Events Team on 01724 297000 or by email Occasional.Markets@northlincs.gov.uk

Counter Terrorism

On Monday 15 November 2021, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) confirmed that the UK threat level from terrorism has been raised from substantial to severe. As an Event Organiser, we encourage you to focus on vigilance and increase your awareness of the threat and the responsibilities of us all to keep your organisations and our County safe from terrorist attacks.

There is free guidance available to support you in organising your event, in addition to free training, which takes around 45 minutes to complete:


Contacting us

We recommend that you complete the event notification form and return to us, with all relevant supporting documents, for review within the following timescales:

  • Events which will involve a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) – 12 weeks
  • Events which will not involve a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) – 6 weeks

Event notifications or any event enquiry can be made to the Event Safety Advisory Group by phone on 01724 297000 or by email to Food.Safety@northlincs.gov.uk

Information can also be sent by post addressed to:

Event Safety Advisory Group
C/O Food Safety
Church Square House
30-40 High Street
DN15 6NL

What happens next

Once received, your notification and supporting documents will be circulated to all members. Any advice, recommendations or concerns received from the group will be discussed with you. If there are numerous concerns about your event, you may be asked to attend a meeting to discuss these matters. Where possible, this meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Team and you would be invited accordingly.

We aim to assess your notification within six weeks. Our preferred method of contact is by email, where possible please provide full contact details for the organiser including email address(es) and telephone numbers.

It is important that you complete all relevant parts of the notification form and provide all supporting documents, as failure to do so may cause a delay to your notification being fully assessed. This may result in us being unable to support your event. The North Lincolnshire Event Safety Advisory Group is an advisory service only and is not an event organising service. Should your event not be supported, you are advised to contact your Insurance Provider.

Related links


The Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) is a voluntary scheme aimed at improving standards of tattooists and allowing the public to choose a tattooist that meets high standards of hygiene.

The scheme aims to:

  • inform the public about the hygiene standards in the premises at the time of the most recent inspection;
  • drive up standards and adoption of best practice across the industry;
  • reduce the risk of incidents of infection and of transmission of infectious diseases from tattooing procedures; and
  • promote the use of reputable tattooists

Participation in the scheme is by application. Participating premises will be allocated a rating following an inspection. That rating can be displayed in the premises in certificate form and on the window of the premises in the form of a window sticker.

Premises will be rated into four categories:

1 – Needs improvement

2 – Satisfactory

3 – Good

4 – Very good

More detailed information on what is required to meet each category can be found in the THRS Rating Standards[PDF, 251Kb]

Apply for the THRS

You can apply for a premises rating online.

Premises under the scheme will be inspected annually. Premises will be expected to follow the  rules of the scheme[PDF, 242Kb].

Rated tattoo premises in North Lincolnshire

A comprehensive list of current Tattoo Hygiene Ratings for all premises participating in the scheme nationwide will be displayed on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Cymru Wales website.

Appeals process

If you feel your rating is wrong or unfair you can make an appeal using our online form.

Rating review

The operator of the premises may apply to be re-rated, but may not do so until three months after the THRS visit.

To apply to have your rating reviewed you must complete our online form:

The council is responsible for issuing safety certificates for sports grounds to ensure the safety of spectators.  The certificates confirm that the grounds comply with the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sports Act 1987.

Do I need a certificate?

Safety Certificates are needed for:

  • stadia with a capacity for 10,000 or more spectators
  • all premier and football league stadia
  • grounds with covered stands with a capacity for 500 or more spectators

For more information and how to apply for a certificate please contact us.

The council recognises its responsibility as a “relevant person” under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. As such any person making a complaint to the council, involving their employer, will have their identity protected as part of any subsequent investigation, unless expressed permission is granted to disclose their identity.

Additionally, if you would like further information regarding whistleblowing: list of prescribed people and bodies to enable members of the public to report malpractice to, other than your employer; please visit the Gov.uk website for further information.