Adequate welfare facilities are a legal requirement and should be provided at all times while at work. Welfare facilities include toilets, washbasins and rest areas. Drying and changing facilities may also be required depending on the type of work being carried out.
This talk covers what welfare facilities need to be provided, and guidance on what is considered adequate or inadequate.
Provision of welfare facilities is a legal requirement and are essential for the wellbeing of workers.
Regulations and requirements
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees.
Other regulations such as The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 also set out requirements for welfare facilities.
While at work, you should have access to:
Adequate number of toilets, washbasins and rest areas provided for the number of people in the workplace.
Drying rooms, showers and changing facilities (depending on the type of work being carried out).
Hot and cold running water.
Soap and a way of drying hands.
Changing facilities if you need to change out of your regular clothes.
Rest areas including seats with back support.
Facilities for drying wet clothes and storing regular clothes.
All welfare facilities must be kept clean and maintained.
Plant, equipment, tools or materials should not be stored in welfare areas.
Look after welfare facilities – leave them as you wish to find them.
Use allocated areas of consuming food.
Tell your supervisor if there is an issue with the welfare facilities such as not been adequately cleaned, damage, defects etc.
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