a) Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
(HASAWA) An Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work, for controlling the keeping and use and preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of dangerous substances, and for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere; to make further provision with respect to the employment medical advisory service; to amend the law relating to building regulations, and the Building (Scotland) Act 1959; and for connected purposes. [31st July 1974]
The provisions of this Act is to secure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work;
Protecting persons at work against risks to health or safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work;
Controlling the keeping and use of explosive or highly flammable or otherwise dangerous substances, and generally preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of such substances;
Controlling the emission into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive substances from premises of any class prescribed
b) The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992
“Workplace” means, any premises or part of premises, which are not domestic premises and are made available to any person as a place of work, and includes any place within the premises to which such person has access while at work.
This includes, any room, lobby, corridor, staircase, road or other place used as a means of access to or egress from that place of work or where facilities are provided for use in connection with the place of work other than a public road.
Every employer must ensure that every workplace, modification, extension or conversion, which is under his control and where any of his employees works complies with any requirement of these Regulations.
Maintenance of workplace, and of equipment, devices and systems
The workplace and the equipment, devices and systems to which this regulation applies must be maintained (including cleaned as appropriate) in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair and maintenance. •
Effective and suitable provision must be made to ensure that every enclosed workplace is ventilated by a sufficient quantity of fresh or purified air.
Temperature in indoor workplaces
During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings must be reasonable.
A method of heating or cooling must not be used which results in the escape into a workplace of fumes, gas or vapour of such character and to such extent that they are likely to be injurious or offensive to any person.
A sufficient number of thermometers shall be provided to enable persons at work to determine the temperature in any workplace inside a building.
Every workplace must have suitable and sufficient lighting and as far as is reasonably practicable, the lighting should be natural light.
Suitable and sufficient emergency lighting must be provided in any room in circumstances in which persons at work are specially exposed to danger in the event of failure of artificial lighting.
Cleanliness and waste materials
Every workplace and the furniture, furnishings and fittings must be kept sufficiently clean.
The surfaces of the floors, walls and ceilings of all workplaces inside buildings must be capable of being kept sufficiently clean.
So far as is reasonably practicable, waste materials must not be allowed to accumulate in a workplace except in suitable receptacles.
Room dimensions and space
Every room where persons work must have sufficient floor area, height and unoccupied space...
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