Legislation & Duty of Care
Simply Hygiene 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 organization, 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.
Simply Hygiene provides all its clients with the necessary Duty of Care documentation. This will certify that your waste is being handled, transported and disposed of in the correct manner and in accordance with the law. Waste Notes are a legal requirement, and should be retained for a period of 2 years.
Simply Hygiene Ltd is a Registered Waste Carrier with the Environment Agency : Registration Number CB/QM 3989EE
Further information on the Environmental Protection Act is available at the HMSO website.
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:
Regulation 21 of the Approved Code of Practise, 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. Simply Hygiene supply a suitable disposal service customised to your needs.
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 Airfresh Units supplied by Simply Hygiene can be used in conjunction with our wide range of fragrances to help you meet these requirements.
Air Cleaning Unit
The Prozone available from Simply Hygiene will help combat any malodour problems, and when used in conjunction with the Airfresh Unit will create a clean and pleasantly fragranced atmosphere.
You have a legal obligation to provide hand cleaning facilities in your washrooms. Regulation 21 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that washing facilities ” … must include soap or other suitable means of cleaning”
Simply Hygiene have a range of Soap Dispensers and a range of hand cleaning products to suit all hand care and cleaning needs.
Water Management Systems
Water By-Law 83 states that every pipe that supplies water to a flushing system or a trough used for flushing a urinal shall be fitted with either a flow shut-off device controlled by a time switch and a locakable shut-off valve, or some other equally automatic device or method for regulating the periods during which the cistern or trough may fill.
By fitting a water management system from Simply Hygiene up to 80% savings are possible when compared to unmanaged urinals.
Warm Air Hand and Face Dryers
You are required by law to provide hand drying facilities in your washrooms. Regulation 21 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that washing facilities “must include towels or other suitable means of drying”
Simply Hygiene offer a range of Electric Warm Air Dryers to suit all budgets and match any decor.
Not only do you have an obligation to provide hand drying facilities (see above), but Regulation 21 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 further states that in the case of water closets “toilet paper in a holder or dispenser … should be provided”
Simply Hygiene have a range of toilet roll and hand towel dispensers to suit your needs.
Further Information on the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations is available at the HMSO website.