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Do your workplace windows adhere to these Environmental Regulations?

by , 12 October 2015
As an employer, it's your responsibility to make sure that your workplace is safe for all of those who are in and around it.
To do this, you should also comply with the Environmental Regulations.
And according to the Environmental Regulations, you must pay close attention to your workplace windows!.

Windows provide visual contact with outside and natural light. They also play a role in ventilation.
If you have windows, and if your business's floor area is less than 100m2, then you must:

·        Provide windows that cover at least 3/5th of the square root of the total room size.
·        Make sure that window sills are no higher than 1.5m from the floor level.
·        Ensure that window heads are no lower than 1.5m from the floor level.
·        Make sure that glazing is transparent.

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But there are exceptions in the following situations:

·        If natural light may have a negative effect on the material being used or the process; or
·        The process in the room must be carried out under very specific conditions, of which light, humidity, air movement and temperature could affect it.
Remember, if you believe that windows are impractical for your workplace, then you must clearly lay out the reasons why.

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