Health & Hygiene Legislation
Air Freshening & Fragrancing
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that “suitable means should be taken to prevent odours from lingering in and from entering into other rooms”.
Soap Dispensing Service
Regulations 1992 state that washing facilities “must include soap or other suitable means of cleaning”.
Air Cleaning Systems
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that “restrooms and rest areas shall include suitable arrangements to protect non-smokers from discomfort caused by tobacco smoke”.
There are rules in place under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 that state “In the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings”. This rule applies to every commercial premise in the UK, regardless of the number of women who use the bathroom.
As the owner or operator of a commercial premises, you have a duty of care to ensure that all used dressings are disposed of safely and appropriately. A registered waste carrier is required for the removal of these sanitary products, and breaching these rules can result in unlimited fines and even imprisonment.
You are required under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations to provide ‘hand towels or other suitable means of hand drying’.
Every pipe in your property that provides water either to a flushing system or a trough for a urinal must be fitted with a shut-off device. This device can be on a timer or another suitable automatic method that ensures the filling of the trough or cistern is regulated.