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Are your office bathrooms as much of a health hazard as those in Ghana?

by , 09 April 2013
There's nothing worse than having to use a bathroom that hasn't been cleaned properly. But imagine one where faecal matter flows freely... That's the case in Ghana at the moment. So much so that a field report released last week shows Ghana's faecal waste management threatens health and safety in the country. Here's how to make sure your office bathroom complies with Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Ghana's faecal waste 'management' is a threat to public health and safety, says SpyGhana.
The article speaks of a study that exposes the irresponsible manner in which human waste is disposed of in the country.
 For example, cesspits discharge their content directly into the Atlantic Ocean, which serves as a major source of fish in Ghana.
Added to this, human waste often flows back into schools thanks to an overflowing sewerage system.
What a health hazard!
 Imagine the health impact. Because even if they're clean, bathrooms are a breeding ground for bacteria.
Are your office bathrooms a health hazard for your employees?
That's why you're obliged to provide sanitary toilets, urinals and basins in accordance with the National Building Regulations in your workplace, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
To be more specific, you need to provide one sanitary facility per 30 employees, and you'll need to make sure the sanitary facilities are inoffensive to the public.
This means you'll need to make sure they're cleaned regularly and have adequate ventilation and toilet paper, says FSP Business.
Now consider the environmental impact.
Your business might not have raw sewerage flowing past, but that doesn't mean you should ignore your health and safety responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
You're legally obliged to conduct risk assessments on all issues that affect the health and safety of your employees or visitors to your workplace!
This includes the effect of pollution of water and ineffective waste management, says FSP Business
Because by 2015, 80% of South Africa's fresh water resources will be so badly polluted that no process of purification available in the country will be able to make it fit for consumption.
That's why the Department of Labour has started to take waste management seriously by imposing heavy fines on companies that fail to comply with the environmental provisions set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, says FSP Business.
So check that your business used an effective waste management system that keeps our drinking water clean today. 

Turn to you Health and Safety Training Manual to read more about how to implement waste management systems and how to safely remove waste in your business.

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