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Are you inspecting and maintaining these 12 facilities in your workplace?

by , 10 December 2013
Providing risk-free workplace facilities in offices and factories is a legal requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). But it doesn't stop there! You have to inspect and maintain them to ensure they're in working order. Here are 12 examples of facilities you must inspect and maintain...

Workplace facilities include toilets, change rooms, eating areas, kitchens, cafeterias, showers and compounds where workers live when away from their homes.

Basically, anything your employees would use on a daily bases. It also includes the ergonomic conditions of your work environment, such as lighting and seating.

To comply with the requirements of the Facilities Regulations of the OHSA, you must ensure these remain clean, hygienic and well maintained. To do this, you have to conduct regular inspections.

Here are the 12 examples of facilities you must inspect and maintain in your workplace

The Health & Safety Advisor says you must provide:

  1. Toilet facilities. Provide one toilet for every 20 employees.
  2. Toilet paper in every toilet.
  3. Toilet pans. Ensure these toilet pans have seats.
  4. Towels, disposable paper towels or hot air blowers to dry hands.
  5. Hand soap for washing hands.
  6. Hot and cold running water at wash basins and showers.
  7. Windows that aren't 'see through' in the shower rooms.
  8. Signs indicating whether the facilities are for males or females. These signs must be at the entrance to the rooms.
  9. Well ventilated restrooms and offices, either by windows and doors or mechanical (extractor fans).
  10. Screen walls or partitions to ensure privacy in restrooms.
  11. Clean water that's safe for human consumption.
  12. You must ensure the walls of rooms with showers are smooth (i.e. no dust or other dirt can collect in crevices) and the floors are slip free and sloped for proper drainage so that pools of water don't collect on the floor.

Now that you know the facilities you must inspect and maintain in your workplace, make sure you do so to ensure your company is complying with the Facilities Regulations of the OHSA.

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