The Health and Safety Advisor defines an overcrowded workplace where:
To ensure that overcrowding doesn't become a health and safety risk to your employees, it's crucial that your workplace is compliant with these five legislations:
Five legal requirements that'll ensure your workplace isn't overcrowded
#1: The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to create a safe and healthy working environment.
#2: The Environmental Regulations for Workplaces requires you to provide:
#3: The Environmental Regulations for Workplaces (Section 8, Fire precautions and egress) requires you to ensure there are sufficient, wide enough, emergency exit routes and that these routes are not obstructed by desks, equipment or stored items, including waste.
#4: In terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, you must determine the occupancy class of your business as this will guide you to specific building requirements.
#5: Since overcrowding will particularly affect you and your employees in the case of an emergency, the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act says you must comply with the requirements for equipping your business with adequate emergency exit routes.
Complying with these requirements will help you reduce overcrowding in your workplace and provide a safe working environment for your employees.
Get 16 requirements for correct emergency exit routes when you subscribe to the Health and Safety Advisor