Welfare (toilets etc)
What do I have to provide on site?
- Flushing toilets connected to the mains water and drainage system where possible.
- If main connection is not available, then facilities with a built in water supply and drainage tank
- Portable chemical toilets can be used as last resort.
- Toilets should be ventilated, lit and kept clean
- There should be arrangements for cleaning the toilets (daily may not be sufficient) and an adequate supply of toilet paper etc
- There should be wash basins with hot and cold (or warm) running water next to the toilets with soap and towels (or hand dryers)
- The basins should be large enough to wash hands, face and forearms.
For more information for small sites see Welfare facilities What you need to know as a busy builder.
How many toilets are needed?
Information on how many toilets should a workplace have is available online.
If using portable chemical toilets you need 1 for every 7 people working a 40 hour week.
Do I need a separate drying room ?
There should be an area for securely storing clothing and for drying wet items.
Do workers need to have a rest area?
There should be a room where workers can eat and drink.
What welfare facilities should be provided for workers on a demolition site?
People working at a demolition site must have access to at least the normal construction range of facilities including: toilets; large wash basins; running hot (warm) and cold washing water; washing consumables; a clean rest room with lights, heating and seating; drinking water, means to heat water/food; and an area for storing and drying work clothes. In addition if the work is dirty - and demolition work frequently is - then showers must be provided.