As both employees and employers, it is important to understand the working conditions of the premises you are based in for your health and safety.
The quality of your working conditions can be affected by a number of factors including threats to your health and safety, poor security and poor working hours. If you or your employees are subjected to insufficient working conditions, this could damage your health and put your safety at risk. Therefore, it’s important to understand potential violations of working conditions.
In 1993, it became the law to have the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations in place. These regulations set out the minimum standards for a workplace and work completed in or near buildings.
In its most basic form, the regulations lay down that all workplaces must be suitable for those who work in them, including workers with a disability. As an employee you have the right to work in a safe and healthy space so your employer needs to consider issues such as space, cleanliness, lighting, ventilation, toilet and washing facilities. If any of these are an issue, you must make this clear to your employee and seek appropriate action.
However, workplace dangers aren’t always as obvious they make look.
These are things like emergency lighting, suitable flooring, safe traffic routes and secure windows and doors. An employer should consider even these issues to ensure their employees are kept safe while in the workplace.
Employers have a duty to make sure the workplace meets certain conditions such as:
Maintenance - Making sure the equipment, devices, systems and workplace itself are maintained to a high standard and are working.
Temperature - Your workplace must be kept at a reasonable temperature throughout the day.
Floors - All flooring must be suitable for your employees while not giving them the opportunity to fall, trip or slip over. Handrails should also be provided on the staircases unless they obstruct the stairway.
Toilets - Employees must have access to suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences in an accessible location.
Without these conditions being meet, you as the employer must make sure you comply with the regulations. Otherwise, there could be serious legal issues to come your way; everything from court orders to attending legal proceedings.
If you’re unsure whether your workplace is complying with these working conditions regulations, get in touch with Pytronot Solutions on 0203 763 8666. Our team of HR experts will give you all the information you need about working conditions and advise you on what you can do to comply with the regulations.