Employers’ legal requirements for workplace management

Workplaces must adhere to certain legal requirements. These comprise:

Legal requirements for workplaces

Welfare provisions

  • Toilets.
  • Hand basins with soap and towels or a hand-drier.
  • Drinking water.
  • A place to store clothing and somewhere for employees to change/lockers.
  • Somewhere for employees to rest/eat food, which could be their desk.

Health provisions

  • A supply of fresh, clean air from outside, either from open windows or via a mechanical ventilation system, such as air conditioning.
  • A minimum temperature of 16°C, or 13°C for physical environments, such as a fitness studio in a gym.
  • Lighting that suits the work being carried out.
  • Enough room and space for each employee; a rule of thumb is a minimum of 11 cubic metres per employee.
  • Clean workplaces with bins and a cleaner. 

Safety provisions

  • A properly maintained work area, particularly with regard to work equipment, such as machinery, which must be serviced and maintained properly.
  • Floors and exit roots that are clean and clear from obstruction.
  • Windows that can be opened and cleaned safely, with any glass or transparent areas protected or made of safety materials, depending on where they are.

Source: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

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