All public sector buildings must comply with the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 both internally and externally. The Approved Code of Practice and guidance covers a wide range of internal and external compliance requirements that must be met in order to keep employees, contractors and the wider public safe. It is essential that compliance requirements are understood and met to ensure public sector property risk is appropriately assessed and managed.
The regulations include a conclusive list of requirements, some of which include:
- Maintenance of the building, equipment, devices and systems
- Suitable and sufficient lighting
- Ventilation requirements
- Room dimensions and space
- Workstations and seating
- Washing facilities
It’s also important that new public sector buildings and buildings undergoing major reshaping or refurbishing must comply with the most recent building regulations. Regulation requirements outlined include standards for construction, fire regulations and accessibility requirements.