Your employee health and welfare checklist

This month our Health & Safety expert Cam Pollock, has compiled the latest advice to ensure the welfare of your employees and volunteers. Read more about what is expected from your organisation:

welfare advice

Staff Health, Safety and Welfare

Anyone who employs paid staff must provide welfare facilities and a working environment that is healthy and safe for everyone in the workplace, including those with disabilities.

You must provide:

  • Welfare Facilities
    the required number of toilets and sinks, as well as drinking water and somewhere to rest and eat meals
  • Healthy Working Environment
    a clean workplace with a reasonable working temperature, good ventilation, suitable lighting and the right amount of space and seating
  • Safe Workplace
    well-maintained equipment, with no obstructions in floors walkways and windows that can be easily opened and cleaned


Required Facilities

Organisations must provide:

  • enough toilets and washbasins for those expected to use them –
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  • facilities with lockable doors
  • clean facilities – preferably with walls and floors tiled (or covered in suitable waterproof material) to make them easier to clean
  • a supply of toilet paper and somewhere to dispose of sanitary products
  • well-lit and ventilated facilities
  • hot and cold running water
  • enough soap or other handwash products
  • a basin large enough to wash hands and forearms, if necessary
  • a way of drying hands, such as paper towels or a hot-air dryer
  • showers where necessary, for particularly dirty work
  • accessible facilities for those with disabilities


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