Arranging the perfect workspace is a big part of ensuring happy employees, a productive workforce and improved profitability.
But as much as comfy seats, plants, chill out areas, natural light, air quality and other factors need to be considered, creating the ideal workspace needs to be done with a number of legal compliance parameters in mind.
The above regulations are underpinned by Health and Safety in the workplace, encompassing:
Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974
Under HSWA, you as an employer have a legal duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare of employees, and to ensure that employees and others are kept safe.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999
Under the MHSWR you, as an employer, are required to carry out risk reduction using a clear hierarchy of controls to eliminate, mitigate or manage all potential risks.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995
Under these Regulations, employers must make a report to the Incident Contact Centre in the event of an accident to an employee resulting in death, major injury or absence from work for three or more days.
Whilst it can be a challenge to investigate, implement, manage and report on all the above, there are ways to make your life easier.
The most practical of these is to outsource responsibility to a professional services company, who will oversee and manage all aspects of compliance, management, inspections and certifications, reporting etc.
That leaves you free to concentrate your efforts on the lighter and more enjoyable aspects of workplace environment management!
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