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27
JUN
2016

Simple Workplace Regulations You May Not Be Familiar With

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The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations deal with a wide variety of standard issues. These regulations cover nearly everything that relates to any common workplace and it’s important for business owners to be aware of these rules and recommendations and more importantly make sure that they are enforced. Here are just a handful of some of the regulations covered that you may not be familiar with.

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WORKSTATIONS

There are plenty of health, safety and ergonomically related aspects to consider when the majority of your staff and workers spend much of the day sat at a workstation. Even though many workers will have different requirements when it comes to making them feel comfortable in their space every office-based workstation must “be so arranged that it is suitable both for any person at work in the workplace who is likely to work at that workstation and for any work of the undertaking which is likely to be done there.” Whilst outside workstations must also be arranged in a “reasonably practicable” manner, that also allows that person to “leave it swiftly or, as appropriate, to be assisted in the event of an emergency“.

GLAZING

Glass surfaces around your office space or workplace, whether it’s a window or internal translucent surface, must “be appropriately marked or incorporate features so as, in either case, to make it apparent.” Protecting these areas against potential breakages is crucial and your business may require a glazing risk assessment. Companies such as National Window Films will certainly be able to assist you and provide you with all the necessary information, including surveys and reports, and even help you implement the various glass-based regulations that will need to be adhered to in your workplace.

LIGHTING

Ensuring that relevant areas around your premises are illuminated practically and adequately, especially where workers are located or in which they frequent throughout the working day, is another important aspect for business owners to consider. There should be sufficient lighting where applicable and if possible at all for this to be some source of natural light, where “reasonably practicable”. If particular areas in the workplace would be susceptible to dangerous circumstances in the event of the lost of light in case of a power cut or similar event then these areas must also provide a “sufficient emergency lighting” solution to fall back on.

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