Health & Safety – Do you know the regulations?
We are all aware of the Health and Safety Executive, in fact many a joke has been made about the over zealousness of Health & Safety.
However, in today’s modern society health & safety has never been more important in helping to protect you and organisations from the potential dangers and risks associated with workplace health and safety.
We all know what health and safety is but do we really know what is covered in the regulations of 1992?
What are the regulations?
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 is a United Kingdom Statutory Instrument that stipulates general requirements on accommodation standards for nearly all workplaces:
- Maintenance of premises (reg.5);
- Ventilation of enclosed workplaces (reg.6);
- Maintenance of a “reasonable” temperature indoors and the provision of thermometers (reg.7);
- Lighting, including emergency lighting, with a presumption in favour of daylight (reg.8);
- Cleanliness of the workplace, furniture, furnishings and fittings; the ease of cleaning of floors, walls and ceilings; and the prevention of accumulation of waste (reg.9);
- Room dimensions and space in rooms unoccupied by persons, furniture, fittings or plant (reg.10, Sch.1/ Pt.I);
- Workstations, including those outdoors, and the provision of suitable seats (reg.11);
- The condition of floors (reg.12);
- Routes for pedestrians or vehicles (regs.12, 17);
- Protection from falling objects and from persons falling from a height or falling into a dangerous substance (reg.13);
- Material or guarding of windows and other transparent or translucent walls, doors or gates and to them being easily visible (regulation 14);
- The way in which windows, skylights or ventilators are opened and the position they are left in when open (reg.15);
- The ability to clean windows and skylights (reg.16);
- The construction of doors and gates, including the fitting of necessary safety devices (reg.18);
- Escalators and moving walkways (regulation 19);
- Sanitary conveniences (reg.20, Sch.1/ Pt.II);
- Washing facilities (reg.21);
- Supply of drinking water and of cups or other drinking vessels (reg.22);
- Suitable storage for clothing and of facilities for changing clothing (regs.23, 24); and
- Facilities for rest and for eating meals (reg.25).
And since the 31st of December 1995, all new and existing workplaces have had to comply to these regulations. If you do not comply then your organisation could face heavy fines and/or compensation payments if you fail to meet the requirements.
The reason companies are actively engaging in training of staff, performing risk assessment is due to the fact the law states:
Breach of the regulations by an employer, controller of work premises or occupier of a factory is a crime, punishable on summary conviction with a fine of up to £400. If convicted on indictment in the Crown Court, an offender can be sentenced to an unlimited fine. Either an individual or a corporation can be punished[and sentencing practice is published by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.
With health and safety now firmly embedded in the law of the land, now is a perfect time to check your own compliance status and ensure that you have the relevant trainer and qualified staff within your organisation.
All health and safety training currently carries with it a recognised certificate from an awarding body enabling you to prove that the right skills and knowledge are in place.
If you think that you need to update these skills or would like to check that you are compliant click here for more information: