Employes must provide certain facilities depending upon the number of employees.
There are basic facilities that must be provided as part of your Workplace facilities.
What workplace facilities should you provide?
As an employer, you must provide facilities that meet the needs of workers which means that welfare facilities must be available and also a safe and healthy environment to work in.
- Welfare facilities – you must provide the correct number of toilets and toilet paper and also washbasins with hot and cold running water with soap and towels or a hand-dryer, provide drinking water and somewhere to rest and to eat meals plus a place to store clothing if specialist clothing is worn for work.
- Working environment – this must be a clean workplace with waste containers, reasonable working temperature (usually at least 16°C, or 13°C for strenuous work), good ventilation with fresh air or via ventilation and suitable lighting for the task, also the right amount of space and seating.
- Safe workplace – a safe workplace includes well-maintained premises and equipment, no obstructions on floors or traffic routes and windows that can be opened and cleaned easily.
The facilities that you provide will be different from industry to industry and business to business. Some industries have greater requirements in place such as construction sites.
Do you need help with what workplace facilities to provide?
Like many businesses, a lot do not have the competence in-house or do not want to undertake this review themselves. You see a lot of employers don’t have the right skillset themselves or do not have the time because running a business itself is a mammoth task let alone dealing with all the intricacies of health and safety.
This is where sourcing the right help can be a weight lifted off your shoulders. But like anything it must be undertaken as a buyer beware exercise. There are lots of health and safety advisors and consultants in the marketplace, but you need to ensure you find the right one for you.
As an employer, managing health and safety is still your legal duty, so you need to find a company that understands you and your company.
Our team of consultants all have different disciplines so we will have the right fit for you and be able to meet your needs. We can prove competence and be able to help you meet the Government’s stringent laws.
If you want to chat through this or any service more then book a call today with one of our health and safety consultants.
Book your FREE health and safety review surgery with our Health and Safety expert John Crockett IMaPS, SIIRSM RSP, ACIOB.