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Correct Facilities In The Workplace

You must protect the health and safety of everyone in your business and workplace, including people with disabilities, and provide welfare facilities for your employees.

Basic things you need to consider are outlined below.

Welfare facilities

For well being of your employee's you need to provide:

  • toilets and hand basins, with soap and towels or a hand-dryer;
  • drinking water;
  • a place to store clothing (and somewhere to change if special clothing is worn for work);
  • somewhere to eat meals and rest.

Issues Oh Health

To have a healthy working environment, make sure there is:

  • good ventilation – clean fresh air drawn from outside or a ventilation system;
  • a favourable working temperature (usually at least 16°C, or 13°C for strenuous work, unless other laws require lower temperatures);
  • Suitable lighting for the work being carried out;
  • enough room space and suitable workstations and seating;
  • a clean workplace with appropriate waste containers.   

Issues Of Safety

To keep your workplace safe you must:

  • properly maintain your work equipment  and premises;
  • keep floors and traffic routes free from obstruction;
  • have windows that can be opened and also cleaned safely;
  • make sure that any transparent (eg glass) doors or walls are protected or made of safety material.

You can find more detailed information in Workplace health, safety and welfare: A short guide for managers.

Stop check!

There are specific laws relating to some higher-risk workplaces, such as construction sites. For more information, select your workplace from HSE's industries page.