Workplace safety guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised and updated booklet L24, the guidance and Approved Code of Practice to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The intention is to make it easier for employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations. Legal responsibilities towards workers’ health and safety are not altered, but there is more to explain the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities.

One regulatory change covered in the document is with regard to thermal comfort including solar gain (in Regulation 7) which now states that a workplace “shall be adequately thermally insulated where it is necessary, having regard to the type of work carried out and physical activity of the persons carrying out the work and excessive effects of sunlight on temperature shall be avoided.”

See http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l24.htm

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