Welfare facilities cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues. They are intended to protect the health and safety of everyone in the workplace and to ensure that adequate welfare facilities are provided for people at work.
Welfare facilities include the provision of drinking water, clothing, accommodation, resting and eating facilities as well as lavatory / sanitary and washing facilities.
Lavatory / sanitary conveniences must be provided for all employees to use. They do not necessarily have to be in the workplace but must be located in a position that is conveniently accessible for employees. Facilities must be well lit, ventilated and of a reasonable room temperature and be in a clean and working condition.
Washing facilities should also be provided within the vicinity of the sanitary / lavatory convenience and any changing facilities that are available. Washing facilities should include; clean hot or warm and cold running water, soap and towels (or equivalent)
Lighting should be sufficient to enable all people to work and move about safely. If necessary, local lighting should be provided. Lighting and light fittings should not create any hazard. Automatic emergency lighting should be provided where a sudden loss of light would create a risk.
Workplaces, furniture and fittings should be kept clean and should have enough free space to allow people to move about with ease.
There should be sufficient traffic routes, of sufficient width and headroom, to allow people to circulate safely and with ease. Floors and traffic routes should be sound and sufficiently illuminated and the relevant signage in place. Surfaces should not be uneven or slippery and should be kept free of obstructions, as should traffic routes. Avoid using these areas as temporary storage facilities as they often become permanent creating a hazard.