Healthy premises

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Healthy premises

To ensure your premises contributes to a healthy workplace you must:

  • Make sure your buildings are in good repair with level, even floors and surfaces without holes or broken boards, hand-rails on stairs and ramps where necessary, safely constructed doors and gates, floors and surfaces which are not slippery
  • Maintain the workplace and any equipment so that it is safe and works efficiently
  • Put right any dangerous defects immediately, or take steps to protect anyone at risk
  • Take precautions to prevent people or materials falling from open edges, by fencing or guard rails, for instance
  • Fence or cover floor openings, such as vehicle examination pits, when not in use
  • Have enough space for safe movement and access
  • Ensure safe passage for pedestrians and vehicles - separate routes are best where practicable
  • Provide safety glass, if necessary
  • Make sure floors, corridors and stairs etc are free of obstructions, such as trailing cables
  • Provide good drainage in wet processes
  • Make sure any windows capable of being opened can be opened, closed or adjusted safely
  • Make sure all windows and skylights are designed and constructed so that they may be cleaned safely (you may also need to fit anchor points if window cleaners have to use harnesses)
  • Minimise risks caused by snow and ice on outdoor routes, by using salt or sand and sweeping them, for instance
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