Did you know: The OHS Act regulates workplace environment health and safety too? Here’s what it says…

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 20 Oct. 2014

Tags: health and safety, workplace environment, workplace environment regulations, health and safety regulations, ohs act, ohs regulations

The OHS Act doesn’t just cover what safety equipment you must put in your workplace. It also regulates the environment your employees work in.

After all, what good is safety equipment if it’s your workplace environment that harms your employees?

But do you know what the OHS Act says you must do when it comes to your workplace environment?


Then keep reading to discover the six OHS regulations for your workplace environment…


Follow these six OHS regulations to ensure your workplace environment is safe for your employees 

1. Thermal requirements
You must regulate the temperature in your workplace. If your company general temperature must be lower than 6 degrees, you must ensure your employees only work for a specific limited time period. This is unless, you give your employees the right equipment to protect them against the cold.
2. Lighting
You must ensure your workplace has an adequate amount of light. Even if you must have limited light to do your work, it must be sufficient for your employees to see.
3. Windows
If your employees have to work in a room that’s smaller than 100m squared, you must ensure there are windows in that room. The windows can’t be smaller than three fifths of the square root of the floor area of the room.
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4. Ventilation
You must ensure every room in your workplace has sufficient ventilation through windows, air vents or air conditioning units.
5. Housekeeping
You must keep your general workplace clean and tidy at all times. This means you must also store any hazardous substances or materials correctly.
6. Fire precautions and means of getting out
You must have fire fighting equipment and an emergency exit in case of a fire. 
Ensure your company complies with these OHS Act regulations.
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on complying with the OHS Act.

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