Monday, November 20, 2006

Welfare and hygiene

People cannot remain healthy at work if there basic welfare needs are not catered for. This includes the following:

* Toilets
* Facilities to wash (including showers where necessary)
* Drinking water supply
* Place to eat
* Place to change and store clothes (if work clothes are required)
* Rest facilities for pregnant ladies (i reasonably practicable)

It is important to recognise that people eating with dirty hands can result in them ingesting hazardous materials. Also, that dirty clothes can mean people taking hazardous materials into their car, home to family etc.

Facilities have to be kept clean, in good condition and supplied with materials (e.g. toilet paper, soap). Also, rooms need to be well ventilated and at a reasonable temperature (not too hot or cold).

This is covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

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