Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Regulation

Date: 1992

Reference: 1992/3004 [Full text]

General Description:

These regulations seek to ensure that the 'workplace' (any premises or part of premises which are not domestic premises and are made available to any person as a place of work) is safe for the workforce. Under these regulations every employer shall ensure that (in summary):

  • the workplace and equipment, devices and systems are maintained in an efficient state, in good working order and in good repair;
  • equipment, devices and systems are subject to a suitable maintenance programme;
  • effective and suitable ventilation should be provided;
  • the temperature inside the workplace is reasonable and that thermometers are provided for employees;
  • no method of cooling or heating which results in the escape of fumes, gases or vapours likely to be injurious or offensive shall be used;
  • lighting, as far as is practicable, should be natural;
  • the workplace, surfaces and the furniture, furnishings and fittings should be clean;
  • waste should not accumulate;
  • the room dimensions should be reasonable to ensure good health, safety and welfare;
  • workstations and seating must be arranged suitably, not endanger health, enable the user to exit swiftly if need be, and a footrest provided if required;
  • floors and traffic routes must be constructed of a material suitable for the purpose they are to be used and not be uneven or slippery. Suitable drainage must be provided where necessary;
  • so far as is reasonably practicable, suitable and effective measures must be taken to prevent injury from falling objects and to protect against the risk of a person injuring themselves from a fall;
  • employees must also be protected from dangerous substances including those that may burn or scald, any poisonous or toxic substance or any fume, vapour or other substance which is likely to cause danger to any person;
  • windows, skylights, translucent doors, walls and ventilators must be made of safety material or be protected against breakage. Fittings must also present no risk to health or safety;
  • the workplace shall be organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate freely in a safe manner;
  • suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences must be provided at readily accessible places;
  • where the nature of the work deems it appropriate, a suitable and sufficient supply of the following must be provided:
    • washing facilities including showers
    • accommodation for work clothes
    • facilities for changing clothes
    • facilities for rest and to eat meals;
  • an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water must also be provided.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Health, Safety, Welfare, Pesticides

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