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Unhygienic or nonexistent welfare facilities

Would you use these facilities? Workers on this particular site were expected to.

Would you use these facilities? Workers on this particular site were expected to.

You’d think in this day and age that all workers can expect a decent place to use the loo and wash up. But HSE inspectors have exposed some filthy and inadequate workplace bathrooms and kitchen areas, truly Dickensian conditions. Among other things, workers should normally have access to clean toilets, wash basins, running hot and cold washing water, drinking water and a means to heat food. Sometimes these facilities are needed to control workplace risks, such as working with lead, and a failure to provide them can lead to ill health that means not only the workers suffer, but also the business - through increased rates of sickness absence.

Updated: 2012-10-23