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Regulations in the workplace

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Employers have their strongest assets in their employees. They have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy working environment. For an ideal workplace, safety takes the overriding priority- it is safety even before commercial gain.


British Energy's Industrial safety records remains amongst the best of the UK due to the safety of management arrangements. For nuclear safety the Nuclear Installation Inspectorate assigns an inspector to each nuclear site for consent. In case the inspector finds it unsafe for operation, the NII shuts down the site. (Norwich Union Risk Services, 2006) 


Congenial workplace


To make the workplace par excellence, the employer must ensure that apart from keeping it safe and secure, it also has to be kept in a clean and sanitary state, free from any condition that may create a risk to a worker's health. The workplace should be properly ventilated and have good air quality. Air cleaning systems should be designed to remove particulate and gaseous contaminants. Workers must be adequately supplied with good and clean drinking water. An ideal workplace is one with proper toilets and wash basins. Toilets should be in separate facilities for each sex, kept clean and in good working order; should be supplied with necessary things like toilet tissue, easily cleanable containers for waste and covered disposal bins for feminine hygiene products in women's toilet. The toilets should be adequately heated, illuminated and ventilated. (British Energy Generation Ltd, 2005)


Safety measures


To ensure safety in the workplace, the work area should be arranged to allow for safe movement of persons, equipments and materials. The employer should ensure that floors, platforms, walkways, ramps and staircases used by workers are maintained in a state of good repair and kept free of slipping and tripping hazards. Accidents at the workplace are frequent; serious injuries – to the skin, eyes etc. Accidents may occur when working at heights. If working at heights is absolutely necessary, safe systems at work should be established.


 Proper planning and organization should take place and appropriate equipments should be chosen and used correctly. Employers should take action to prevent their employees from developing diseases caused by exposure to vibrations at work from equipments, vehicles and machines. Workers should be provided with personal protective equipments- appropriate for risk of injury to the skin or any part of the body- protective headwear, footwear and respiratory protective equipments. Should an accident occur, it should be reported immediately for instant action. The Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents presents awards for excellence in managing health and safety at work. British Energy's comprehensive occupational Health Services lets out to ensure that the companies' workforce is fit for duty in a healthy working environment. (British Energy Generation Ltd, 2005 )


Fire precaution


The workplace should always have an appropriate minimum standard of fire precaution. The FPWR is there to ensure this. Some fire hazard identifications are:

1.       Sources of ignition which may cause fire

2.       Combustible materials in the workplace

3.       Structural features which could aid the spread of fire.


It would keep the workplace practically free from the fire scare if proper precautions are taken. (Norwich Union Risk Services, 2006) 


 Other measures to maintain the workplace


Apart from safety and health there are other things which need attention in the workplace. Employers must maintain records for a prescribed period. Should the employer cease to operate, he should transfer the records to the successive employer.


Sickness absence and return to work is something that needs to be seen to carefully. The Health Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance providing advice for employers and managers on the process of helping ill, injured or disabled employees on long term sick leave to return to a job as soon as possible. Some of them are:


1.       Understanding employee role

2.       Managing return to work

3.       Recording sickness absence

4.       Keeping in contact


The employer must ensure that regular inspection of workplace and work process and procedures at the workplace are conducted to identify any risk to the safety or health of any worker. Materials, equipments, machines and tools should be stored in a manner that does not create risk to the safety and health of workers or affect the safe operation of the workplace.


British Energy is committed to every aspect of equal opportunities and dignity at work. Human resource policies set standards of performance throughout the company covering equal opportunities and diversity harassment and discrimination, industry specific safety issues; staff welfare training and development and continuing program development. (




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