The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
These regulations place a legal requirement on employers to provide appropriate facilities for their employees at the place of work.
Sanitary Waste Disposal
Regulation 21 of the Approved Code of Practice, in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, advises that:
"in the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings"
This Regulation is further supported by the Water Industries Act 1991, which states that no items should be flushed that could cause a blockage within the sewer or drain.
Notwithstanding the legal requirements, you can help prevent having to meet the high cost of unblocking drains by employing Bentley's Professional Cleaning, to provide sanitary waste disposal services to your organization.
Air Freshening and Fragrancing
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, state that suitable "means should be taken to prevent odours from lingering in and from entering into other rooms."
The Microburst automatic fragrancing unit or the toilet air cleaning unit supplied by Bentley's Professional Cleaning, will help you meet these requirements.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990
Bentley's Professional Cleaning provides a range of disposal services in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
This act places a legal "Duty of Care", upon you and your organisation, to ensure that all waste produced on your premises is correctly managed right up to the point of final disposal.
You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that:
Your waste disposal contractors are registered waste carriers.
Final disposal is carried out according to the legal requirements, and at a licensed landfill or incineration facility.
Your waste contractors have comprehensive and efficient tracking and monitoring systems in place to ensure that all waste is tracked, accounted for, and disposed of correctly and safely. A full Audit Trail of documentation is in place.
Failure to comply with the new regulations could be an extremely costly oversight. Indeed, a breach of the Duty of Care is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to £2000 on summary conviction, or an unlimited fine on conviction or indictment.
If you are unsure of your position in relation to the correct disposal of waste or environmental health and safety, then please contact us.
Bentley's Professional Cleaning is a Registered Waste Carrier with the Environment Agency: Registration Number CB/VM3747LE.
Further information on the Environmental Protection Act is available at the HMSO website.