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.
You need to ensure that there is a supply of drinking water available for your employees. This could be achieved by
You need to provide suitable facilities to rest and eat. You also need to provide facilities to heat food where a canteen is not available or there are not facilities close by where hot food can be obtained. A kettle and a microwave are acceptable.
You need to ensure your workplace has an appropriate number of sanitary facilities. These should be separated for males and females, unless they are in a separate room and their door can be locked. They should be adequately ventilated, lit and kept clean.
You also need to provide washing facilities with hot and cold running water, soap and hand-drying facilities.
You may need to provide showers if the work carried out by your employees is strenuous or dirty. You will also need to provide showers if the work results in contamination of the skin by a harmful substance, such as
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