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Four steps to ensure your windows comply with the Environmental Regulations

by , 06 June 2016
Four steps to ensure your windows comply with the Environmental RegulationsWindows provide light as well as ventilation, which is why they are an important part towards ensuring health and safety in the workplace.

They help employees see what they are doing in the workplace, which can help ensure safety, and they allow for air circulation, which can promote a healthy working space.

What's more is that they are also a strong part of the Environmental Regulations, which you have to comply with. If you don't, you could face serious prosecution as well as big fines. So pay attention:

If your business's floor area is less than 100m2, you must follow the following four steps to ensure your windows comply with the Environmental Regulations...

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The four steps you must follow to ensure your windows comply with the Environmental Regulations are…
 

STEP#1:

Provide windows that cover at least 3/5th of the square root of the total room size.

STEP#2:

Make sure that window sills are no higher than 1.5m from the floor level.

STEP#3:

Ensure that window heads are no lower than 1.5m from the floor level.

STEP#4:

Make sure that glazing is transparent.
 
But there are exceptions…

If natural light may have a negative effect on the material being used or the process, or if the process in the room must be carried out under very specific conditions, of which light, humidity, air movement and temperature could affect it, then window requirements can be waived. 

But remember that if you believe windows will be impractical for your purposes, you need to be able clearly lay out the reasons for it.
 

*To learn more, go to Chapter W 01: Workplaces: Environmental Regulations, in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook.

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