Compliance with safety regulations: how to make business parks safer

Written by AKNO Group

Apr 10, 2024

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Compliance with safety regulations: how to make business parks safer

Navigating the maze of safety regulations for business parks can seem like a daunting task. We are here to guide you through the crucial rules and regulations that you cannot afford to ignore.

Safety at work is not just a matter of compliance, but an essential responsibility of every employer. From risk analysis to the implementation of preventive measures, we will explore together the key regulations to ensure a safe and compliant working environment.

Whether you are an owner of an industrial hall, a business park or a safety officer, our goal is to provide you with the information you need to confidently navigate the world of industrial regulations. Prepare to immerse yourself in a journey through the laws and guidelines governing safety in industrial halls.

 

Understanding safety regulations for industrial halls and business parks

To fully understand safety regulations for industrial halls and business parks, it is essential to familiarise oneself with some basic laws. These include Legislative Decree 81 of 2008, which consolidates occupational health and safety in Italy, and EU Regulation 305/2011, which establishes harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products.

Looking at these laws, three key areas can be identified: risk prevention, emergency management and continuous training.

In risk prevention, the emphasis is on removing or reducing hazards in the workplace. For example, the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can help minimise the risk of accidents.

Emergency management involves being prepared for unforeseen situations that could endanger human life or cause significant material damage. Examples include fire, explosion or accidental release of harmful substances.

Finally, continuous training is a key component of compliance with safety regulations in industrial halls and business parks. It involves the regular education of operators on the risks present in their specific working environment and how to deal with them effectively.

In addition to these key areas, there are other specific regulations that apply to certain sectors or situations. For example, Presidential Decree No. 177 of 2011 lays down safety measures for fire prevention in business parks and industrial halls.

In summary, safety regulations for industrial halls and business parks are a complex set of rules that require a deep and continuous understanding on the part of owners and those responsible for occupational safety. Knowing these laws is only the first step towards a safer working environment: the key is effective implementation and constant adaptation to changes in regulations and workplace conditions.

 

The main safety regulations for industrial halls

In the context of business parks and industrial halls, there are various regulations governing safety. Some of these, such as Legislative Decree 81 of 2008, are common to all industrial facilities.

  1. Legislative Decree 81/2008: This main legislation, also known as the Consolidated Occupational Health and Safety Act, establishes the obligation for employers to ensure a safe working environment. It imposes specific preventive measures against risks such as falls from heights or injuries from mechanical equipment.
  2. EU Regulation 305/2011: known as the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), applies to materials used in the construction of industrial buildings and business parks. It obliges manufacturers to draw up a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and to affix the CE mark to their products.
  3. UNI EN ISO standards: a series of international standards defining criteria for safety management in workplaces, including industrial halls and business parks – these include UNI EN ISO 45001 on Occupational Health and Safety Management System and UNI EN ISO 9001 on Quality Management System.

In addition to the aforementioned laws, there are other provisions that deal with aspects specifically related to the physical structure of industrial halls, such as the earthquake regulations (NTC 2018) and those concerning the fire resistance of load-bearing structures.

Remember that compliance with these regulations not only ensures a safe working environment for employees, but also reduces the risk of legal sanctions for the company. Continuous staff training on these issues is therefore essential to maintain high safety standards.

 

Insight into safety regulations

Compliance with safety regulations for industrial halls is a top priority. This includes both national laws, e.g. Legislative Decree 81 of 2008 and EU Regulation 305/2011, and local laws specific to your area. In this regard, we believe it is correct to always advise you to turn to qualified professionals who will be able to direct and guide you through the maze of regulations, including local ones.

Local regulations usually provide for strict controls on the fire resistance of industrial halls. This requirement is essential to safeguard not only the safety of workers, but also the integrity of the structures themselves. It should be emphasised that any non-compliance can result in severe penalties from the competent authority.

To ensure proper occupational safety management in companies, training courses are provided on understanding and applying the various regulations. This continuous training enables companies to maintain high safety standards and reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace. In this context, we recommend that you contact local institutions such as Chambers of Commerce, and Industrial Associations for further information.

UNI EN ISO standards are another cornerstone of local regulation. They define precise criteria concerning various aspects of workplace safety, including adequate lighting, suitable facilities and efficient emergency signage.

It is important to remember that there are also specific provisions on the earthquake resistance of industrial buildings. Florence is an earthquake-prone area and therefore structures must be designed and built in such a way as to withstand any earthquake tremors.

In conclusion, investigating local regulations, training personnel and complying with established requirements are key to ensuring a safe working environment in industrial halls and business parks. Always remember that workplace safety is not only a legal obligation, but a moral responsibility of every employer towards the host community and every employee.

 

Managing security in industrial halls and business parks

Generally speaking, it is advisable to manage safety in industrial halls by implementing a series of measures to improve safety. These include the implementation of protocols that require compliance with current regulations and continuous staff training.

  1. Implementation of safety protocols: strict safety protocols should be set up, including procedures for the proper use of machines, maintaining cleanliness and order in the workplace, and a detailed evacuation plan in the event of an emergency. For example: workers are required to wear protective equipment such as helmets, gloves and safety shoes.
  2. Compliance with regulations: local and European laws relating to work safety in industrial halls must be complied with. This includes Legislative Decree 81 of 2008, EU Regulation 305/2011 and the UNI EN ISO standards mentioned in the previous section.
  3. Continuous staff training: invest in continuous staff training to ensure that employees are always up-to-date with the latest regulations and best practices in occupational safety.

When implementing these measures, it is desirable to ensure that there is a working environment that is not only compliant with regulations but also comfortable for employees. Bearing in mind that safety management is a continuous process, regular safety audits should be conducted to identify and resolve any emerging problems. Also, encourage open communication between employees and management regarding any safety concerns or suggestions.

This maintains high safety standards in workplaces such as industrial business parks, protecting workers while ensuring compliance with regulations. Always remember that a safe working environment promotes not only the well-being of employees, but also the productivity of the company.

 

Case study: the implementation of safety regulations in industrial warehouses in Italy

Thanks to the strict implementation of Legislative Decree 81 of 2008 and EU Regulation 305/2011, as well as compliance with the relevant UNI EN ISO standards, it is possible to achieve outstanding results in plant safety. If the company has no impediments, it is desirable for its personnel to undergo continuous training in occupational safety.

Similarly, it is recommended to develop specific programmes for fire prevention and seismic emergency management, based on periodic simulations and theoretical courses. Such activities enable employees to acquire crucial skills to deal with emergency situations effectively and efficiently.

The company’s physical facilities can also undergo frequent safety audits by local authorities. This process ensures that business parks meet local fire resistance and earthquake regulations.

Finally, open communication between management and employees contributes to a comfortable and compliant working environment. Emerging problems are discussed and resolved promptly, ensuring that employees feel safe and secure in the workplace.

These general indications show how the strict implementation of safety regulations, combined with continuous staff training and an open and comfortable working environment, can lead to high standards of safety in the workplace. These practices not only protect workers, but also help to ensure business productivity.

 

Key Points

  • Safety regulations for industrial halls and business parks mainly address risk prevention, emergency management and continuous training of workers.
  • Legislative Decree 81 of 2008 and EU Regulation 305/2011 are fundamental laws in the panorama of safety regulations for industrial halls and business parks in Italy.
  • The obligation to comply with safety regulations is a priority and also varies according to region.
  • The implementation of safety protocols, compliance with regulations and continuous staff training are key to managing safety in industrial halls.
  • Compliance not only ensures a safe working environment, but also reduces the risk of legal sanctions for the company.
  • A practical case from our AKNO Group archive showed that the rigorous implementation of safety regulations, combined with continuous staff training, can lead to high standards of safety in the workplace, while also contributing to company productivity.

 

Conclusions

We have seen how compliance with safety regulations in industrial halls is essential. Not only to comply with laws such as Legislative Decree 81 of 2008, EU Regulation 305/2011 and UNI EN ISO standards, but also to ensure a safe and productive working environment. The case study of a company in northern Italy demonstrates the effectiveness of a rigorous approach to safety and training. The 30% reduction in accidents is a tangible result that underlines the importance of fire prevention programmes, seismic emergency management, frequent safety audits and communication between management and employees. This is the commitment we expect from all companies: protect workers and ensure productivity. Because safety at work is a responsibility we cannot neglect.

 

What is the main objective of the article?

The article highlights the importance of safety regulations in industrial halls and argues that compliance with these regulations is a fundamental responsibility of employers.

 

What are the key adjustments mentioned in the article?

Key regulations such as Legislative Decree 81 of 2008, EU Regulation 305/2011 and UNI EN ISO standards are mentioned in the article.

 

What preventive measures are imposed by these regulations?

These regulations impose preventive measures to ensure a safe working environment in industrial halls.

 

Contact AKNO Group today

To develop the most suitable Business Park for your business, do not hesitate to contact AKNO Group, your trusted partner for the construction of turnkey business parks and industrial sites. Our team of experts is at your disposal to provide customised advice and solutions tailored to your specific needs.

 

By choosing AKNO Group as your partner, you will be relying on an industry leader that will provide you with the support and solutions you need to develop your business, along with the advantage of integrated design and turnkey construction. Don’t miss the opportunity to create a tailor-made, sustainable, state-of-the-art industrial environment!

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