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Welfare at work

Understand your legal duties to your employees at work

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You have a duty to ensure the welfare of your employees at work. Providing a safe and healthy environment will also help to motivate your workforce.

Use the links below to find information and resources on ways to ensure your employees' welfare at work as well as your legal duties relating to this.

  1. Workplace temperature
  2. Workspace
  3. Workplace facilities
  4. Work environment
  5. Vulnerable workers
  6. Legal duties for welfare at work

4. Work environment

All floors need to be free from hazards that could cause slip, trips or falls.

All transparent doors, gates, walls and windows should be clearly identified to avoid accidents and constructed with materials that prevent breakage.

All traffic routes need to be of sound construction and in good condition. They should have enough space to allow people and vehicles to move safely. 

You have a responsibility as an employer to reduce the likelihood of accidents with people when vehicles are being used in the workplace such as

  • cars
  • vans
  • forklift trucks.

As an employer you also need to assess the risk of objects falling from height. You need to ensure that hazardous substances are contained in tanks, pits or other structures. These need to be fenced or covered to prevent individuals falling into them.

Where special clothing is required to carry out the work, for example uniforms or personal protective suits, you need to provide an adequate space for your employees to change clothes. 

Find out more about controlling common safety concerns