As an employer if you have an employee, even if only for a short period of time, there are a number of things that you will need to provide for them. Your duties within The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that you must provide welfare facilities so far as is reasonably practicable; this means unless it is completely unreasonable to provide them you will need to do so.
These are some of the things that you will need to consider:
- Providing separate toilets for men and women, unless the toilet is in a separate room that can be locked from the inside;
- Providing hand washing facilities including, soap and hand drying facilities;
- Ensuring there is hot and cold or warm water available;
- Providing rest facilities that has enough tables and seats for the amount of staff likely to be using it any one time;
- If staff regularly have meals at work then suitable facilities should be provided which are kept clean;
- Ensuring there is suitable and sufficient lighting available;
- That the workplace is kept clean and is maintained;
- Ensuring the floors are kept free from trip and slip hazards;
- Providing drinking water and cups;
- Ensuring that every workstation is suitable for any work that is likely to be done there;
- Arranging workstations so that work can be carried out comfortable and safely;
- Providing a private changing area if staff need to change into specialist clothing;
- Providing somewhere to store their clothes if they do need to get changed;
- Ensuring there is a sufficient supply of fresh or purified air; and
- Ensuring the workplace temperature is reasonable.
The HSE also provide useful guidance on what your duties are under the regulations here.
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‘Welfare facilities’ are those that are necessary for the well-being of your employees, such as washing, toilet, rest and changing facilities, and somewhere clean to eat and drink during breaks.