Employers have a general duty in section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work. Section 4 of the Act states that the people in control of foreign assets have a duty towards the people who are not employees but use their premises.
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations aim is to ensure that workplaces meet the objectives laid down in the Regulation. Under each of the three headlines, health, safety and welfare of the various components are: Health general operating environment in the workplace. Ventilation should provide fresh air to disperse within the workplace. Humid stale air will not be conducive to good health or to the application. The temperature should be controlled indoors to 16oC for office environments and 13oC for indoor areas involving physical labor. Working in hot or cold environment will increase the health risk to those involved, the assessment should be done and the necessary control measures introduced lighting should be sufficient for employees to perform work duties safely. If the computers need extra lighting local lighting should be installed. Areas that could present a special risk should also have extra lighting as the crossing points and routes.
Cleanliness in the workplace is necessary. Adequate storage of waste shall provide for the right of use of waste possible. Floors, walls and surfaces also need to be cleaned regularly. Enough space to work specified in the regulation. Workstations should be designed with ergonomic principles ensure speedy evacuation workstation in an emergency. Safety includes: Maintenance – regular and effective, it is important to provide safe working conditions. Maintenance covers all aspects of the work environment. To provide pedestrian and vehicle traffic routes in the course will sign and audible warning systems were appropriate to promote worker safety. Floors must be of adequate strength and in good condition. Crossing should be adequately marked and signed. Ladders, walkways ground excavations must be protected with hand rails or barriers. Provisions must be to prevent either things or people falling from heights. Doors, windows, partitions, side walls and a glass case containing the evaluation and control measures introduced. Doors and gates should have safety if necessary. Escalators and moving walkways shall be subject to preventive maintenance program that includes state and purity of
Welfare includes :. Toilets and washing facilities. Toilets must be clean good operating order and number to be sufficient for the needs of employees. Washing facilities clean and in good order, hot and cold water or at least warm, soap and adequate means of drying should be provided. Drinking water should be provided form the mains supply, if it is not possible, water can be provided in a sealed container. Certain room to change clothes, lockers if needed. Target eat and rest. Adopt the rules and guidelines section work (health, safety and welfare) can be obtained from HSE
Health could fall under the regime of health services in the company’s Health and Safety policy. A health monitoring system would be used to monitor the health status of employees, but it could also be used to monitor the activity of health and security arrangements and as a result of control measures introduced after the risk assessment.