Making the employees safe can keep them happy and motivated, which results in better productivity and bolstered loyalty not to mention enhanced goodwill for the company.
In fact, this is not a choice. Employers must meet health, welfare & work environment requirements in the workplace. Truth be told, some companies correctly follow these guidelines and on top of that, they set up training for their workforce to further ensure workplace safety.
For instance, SLC has provided safety training in KSA for numerous organizations over the years.
If you are an employer at a construction company or any related organization, you have to ensure your company meets the health and safety requirements. Because, in the event of unfortunate incidents, you will be responsible morally as well as legally.
Wondering what the requirements are?
Well, buckle up and keep reading.
Suffice to say, Drinking water is something the whole world needs to survive. It’s no different when it comes to your company.
Can you imagine passing a day without drinking an adequate amount of water? Inadequate water intake not only wears out the employees but also potentially leads to health issues like dehydration, metabolism disorders and whatnot.
Hence, as an employer, you must ensure enough drinking water is available for your employees. Also, bear in mind to ensure the water supply doesn’t halt.
If your workplace provides non-drinking water, it’s mandatory to noticeably mark ‘drinking water’ near the drinking water facility.
That’s not all, you ought to keep mugs that are suitable to drink water.
Toilets & Washing Facility
Every workplace should comprise clean and accessible toilets. Also, you must ensure that the area with toilets is ventilated enough to get proper natural lighting. It’s also required that the room should be separated according to gender. There can be a single area for both genders only if the toilets can be locked from the inside.
According to the size of the workforce, adequate washing facilities should be provided for employees. As per the Approved Code of Practice, there should be at least one water closet and urinal for every 25 employees.
For differently-abled employees, special facilities should be present. Also, just like toilets, the washing facilities should be separated according to gender unless there is a separate room, which can be locked from within.
Moreover, the facility should be weather-proof and have warm water, towel and soap. It’s also said that there should be facilities like a shower according to the work’s nature. That’s not all, there should be proper ventilation and the scope for easy cleaning. For temporary or remote workplaces, there should be enough chemical closets and water in containers for washing. Coming to the location of washing facilities, it should be close to the toilets and changing rooms.
There should be changing rooms for workers if they are mandated to wear special clothing for their work. Furthermore, changing rooms should boast seating and a facility to dry off clothing, be it work clothes or personal clothing. There should also be an easily accessible locker room, which could be leveraged to safely lock away special clothing or any personal belongings for that matter. The best bet is to get NEBOSH IGC Training in Riyadh so that you could learn more about this.
Room to Rest
As an employer, you should ensure your employees get sufficient rest to restore their energy. For this, an accessible resting room shall be provided.One point to note is that the resting room should be capable of ensuring non-smokers don’t feel discomfort from tobacco smoke. You should also ensure to install adequate seating and tables. Other requirements for a resting room include a resting facility for expectant women, a facility to prepare and eat meals, boiling water and maintenance of appropriate temperature.
The Bottom Line
Being an employer, it’s of paramount importance that you ensure your employees’ health, safety and welfare. As mentioned above, make sure your worksite is comprised of drinking water, toilets, a washing facility, and changing room for employees. By facilitating all these, you could keep up their morale, which, in turn, benefits your company a great deal.
If you are looking to learn more about health, welfare and work environment requirements in the workplace, SLC’s Safety Consultancy in Saudi Arabia would be an ideal choice, not to mention SLC’s NEBOSH IGC Training in Riyadh. Being renowned in Safety Training in KSA, SLC takes pride in providing best-in-class training for organizations. Apart from that, we also provide Fire Fighting courses, occupational risk management courses, crane certification course in KSA and more.
Contact us to learn more about our training and courses.