These Regulations state that employers have a duty under section 2 of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work. Under section 4, those in control of non-domestic premises have a duty towards those who are not their employees but use their premises.
Employers have duties to protect the health and safety of everyone in their workplace and provide adequate welfare facilities. These duties extend to all member of the workforce including those with disabilities (including, in particular, the accessibility of doors, passageways, stairs, showers, washbasins, lavatories and workstations).
The Approved Codes of Practice can be found at Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare: Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice. This code of practice gives you guidance on compliance with the regulations.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover basic health, safety and welfare issues; they apply to most workplaces.
The following workplaces are exempt:
- Construction work on construction sites;
- In or on a ship;
- Those level ground level at a mine.
These places of work are amended by the following Regulations:
- The Quarries Regulations (1999): Health & Safety at Quarries - Quarries Regulations (1999) Approved Codes of Practice
- The Health & Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (2002)
- The Work at Height Regulations (2005) (As Amended): A Brief Guide
- The Constructions (Design and Management) Regulations (2015) (replaces 2007) Legal Requirements
The Regulation covers the following areas:
More information about these areas can be found in the HSE leaflet - Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare: A short guide for managers
Ventilation, Temperature, Work in Hot and Cold Environments, Lighting, Cleanliness and Waste Material, Room Dimensions and Space and Workstations and Seating.
Maintenance, Floors and Traffic Routes, Falls into Dangerous Substances, Transparent or Translucent Doors, Gates or Walls and Windows, Windows, Doors and Gates and Escalators and Moving Walkways.
Sanitary Conveniences and Washing Facilities, Drinking Water, Accommodation for Clothing and Facilities for Changing and Facilities for Rest and to Eat Meals.