Monday, 26 November 2012

Health and Safety – Your Duty to Your Employees And Your Legal Requirement For Ductwork Cleaning

Ingot Services is a HVAC registered company, helping businesses to meet their legal obligations when it comes to health and safety in the workplace. As well as ductwork cleaning, we offer a full range of industrial cleaning services.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering work related health and safety within the UK and it sets out many of an employer’s responsibilities for the health and safety of their workforce.

This includes an employer’s duty of care, meaning that, whatever the size of business, they must adhere to a strict set of rules, including:

  • Keeping temperatures at a comfortable level - a minimum of 13 degrees centigrade where the work involves physical activity or 16 degrees centigrade for 'sedentary' workplaces, for example in offices.
  • Lighting premises so that employees can work and move about safely.
  • Keeping the workplace and equipment clean.
  • Ensuring that workrooms are big enough to allow easy movement with at least 11 cubic metres per person.
  • Providing workstations to suit the employees and the work.
  • Keeping the workplace and equipment in good working order.
  • Making floors, walkways, stairs, roadways, etc. safe to use.
  • Protecting people from falling from heights or into dangerous substances.
  • Storing things so they are unlikely to fall and cause injuries.
  • Fitting openable windows, doors and gates with safety devices if needed.
  • Providing suitable washing facilities and clean drinking water.
  • If necessary, providing somewhere for employees to get changed and to store their own clothes.
  • Setting aside areas for rest breaks and to eat meals, including suitable facilities for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
  • Letting employees take appropriate rest breaks and their correct holiday entitlement.
  • Making sure that employees who work alone, or off-site, can do so safely and healthily.
  • Making sure that workplaces are properly ventilated, with clean and fresh air.

Ductwork Cleaning As Part of An Employer’s Duty Of Care

While many of these rules can be adhered to with the correct procedures in place, ensuring that the workplace is properly ventilated with clean fresh air means that, where air conditioning and heating, with ductwork involved are concerned, professional cleaning from a ductwork cleaning company is a legal requirement. And with the provision of fresh air linked to sick building syndrome, and the ailments that come with it, carrying out ductwork cleaning can lead to a much happier, as well as healthier workforce, meaning better productivity and few days off sick.

Ductwork Cleaning from Ingot Services

At Ingot Services we work with the full range of industries within the UK, offering ductwork cleaning to help ensure health and safety within offices, restaurants, care homes, schools, hospitals and many more. And when it comes to our credentials, as well as our high standards when it comes to customer service, you can be sure that you are meeting your ductwork cleaning legal obligations.

To find out more about how Ingot Services can help meet your health and safety obligations with ductwork cleaning, call today on 0800 731 7892.

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