According to the law, Workplace (Health and Safety) Regulations state that employers must provide ‘suitable and sufficient’ welfare facilities for the well-being of their employees while at work.
This blog post addresses the consequences that an employer may face when they breach the conditions of the welfare facilities.
Welfare facilities consider a number of areas, including;
- Toilet and hand basins
- The supply of drinking water
- A place to change and store clothing
- A clean area to prepare food and drink during break times.
A Blocked Toilet in the Work Place
If there is one essential facility in your office block or factory, which is used on a daily basis by a number of people, it is the toilet.
A blocked toilet or a blocked drain can prove very problematic and inconvenient, despite a little embarrassing, and if not dealt with quickly and efficiently can turn into a real nightmare. This can result in your office closing its doors until the problem is managed correctly.
As an employer, you are required by law to provide working toilets and running water, failure to do so will result in a site visit from your local Health & Safety Executive who will have the final decision on the temporary closure of your business until the problem is rectified.
Apart from obvious inconvenience of a blocked drain, it can also present a number of health risks to your work-force. Failure to provide adequate and working health and safety amenities can lead to ill health that means not only the workers suffer, but also the business - through increased rates of sickness.
Tell Tale Signs of a Blocked Drain
If you’re experiencing gurgling, slow draining water and unpleasant odours coming from your drains then it is definitely a tell-tale sign that there’s a problem and you may need emergency drain clearance.
Blockages are caused by a number of factors – but most commonly due to a build-up of fats, oils, greases, soaps, dirt, silt, leaves and foreign objects in your drainage infrastructure.
For those companies not connected to the main sewer, you maybe unpleasantly experiencing an overflowing toilet tank. GD Environmental offer a comprehensive range of drainage services to customers across Wales.
Blocked drains and toilets are relatively common, especially at large establishments where the drainage infrastructure maybe under pressure.
To prevent the situation worsening, and possibly having a major implication on your company’s operations, we suggest you call in the professionals at your earliest convenience. Our teams of experienced drainage technicians have over 35 years of experience within the drainage industry, operate state-of-the-art equipment, and have the skills and expertise to clear, jet and cleanse drains quickly and efficiently.
So, if you require emergency drain clearance or would like information, advice and guidance on blocked drains, contact Wales’ leading drainage company GD Environmental on 01633 277755