straight forward health and safty advice
Workplaces must be safe place to be in, and without risk to health
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations place a duty on you to consider the
workplace environment and provide basic facilities to make the workplace a safe and healthy place
to be in.
A good design and layout is essential and consideration should be given to
known hazards. There must be enough space for people to do their jobs
safely. Mark hazardous areas such as pits and platform edges with brightly
coloured tape to warning people.
Buildings must have sufficient fire resistance to allow safe evacuation if
necessary. Doors and windows must be easy to open with viewing panels
in doors so that when you open them you don't endanger anyone.
Appropriate safety signs should be displayed in the workplace.
It is important to keep the workplace neat and tidy. An action as simple as removing rubbish to
proper containers can help reduce the risk of fire. Always keep gangways and fire exits clear.
Good ventilation, whether natural or artificial, and good lighting levels greatly improves working
conditions and reduces fatigue levels. As far as possible, the temperature in the workplace should
be kept at a comfortable level. Every workplace should have welfare facilities adequate for the
number of people who work there and the type of work activity undertaken.