Providing Safe & Hygenic Working Conditions
Operators must provide safe and hygienic working conditions meeting all statutory requirements under health and safety law, (Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 & Health and safety regulation guide) as well as the Working Time Regulations and the Working Time Directive (The Working Time Regulations 1998 & ACAS – Advice & Guidance).
Risk Assessment of Site
The operator should undertake a risk assessment of the site to identify potential hazards and take steps to control risks. This will include:
- Ensuring that electrical installations, equipment and appliances are safe, appropriate for use and checked in line with legislation (Health & Safety Executive-Electrical safety).
- Ensuring that all cleaning products and chemicals are stored, labelled and utilised in accordance with health and safety COSHH regulations (Health & Safety Executive-Harmful Substances).
- Ensuring the site is free from trip hazards such as trailing cables.
Personal & Protective Equipment (PPE)
Where health and safety risks cannot be controlled in any other way, personal and protective equipment must be provided. It can include items such as waterproof and high visibility clothing, gloves, eye protection and suitable footwear that is waterproof and has toe protection. (Risk at Work – Personal protective equipment (PPE).
First Aid, Accidents and Ill-health (Health & Safety Legislation):
- All reasonable steps must be taken to prevent accidents and injury in the workplace.
- A record of any incidents or accidents should be recorded in an Accident Book and reported in line with RIDDOR requirements.
- An adequate first aid kit and equipment must be on site (The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981).
- Provision of adequate welfare facilities for all employees including toilets, free drinking water, facilities for changing clothes and hygienic storage facilities for food preparation and consumption.
- Somewhere for workers to take breaks and eat meals.
- Ensuring the working environment is safe and clean.
- Ensuring workers don’t smoke within the workplace (e.g. wash area) or near other workers or customers.