As May approaches event organisers around the country are eagerly planning their summer fayres, fetes and festivals. Ensuring the right number of portable toilets for visitors and guests is arguably the most important thing when planning an event – if you fall short then you’ll soon hear about it as disgruntled guests take to social media to vent their anger at having to queue for too long to use the facilities!
To help those organising events avoid the pitfalls of toilet provision, AndyLoos has compiled a simple guide to help you determine the appropriate number of toilets you need for your event!
The Events Industry Forum, in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive, has published the Event Safety Guide or ‘Purple Book’ as it is known in the industry. The guide was produced to help event organisers manage all aspects of health and safety, of which toilet provision is one of the most important.’
Summer Fetes and local community events
As a general rule if an event lasts no longer than 6 hours, and no food or alcohol is served you should provide 1 portable toilet unit for every 100 female guests expected and another for every 500 men, plus and an additional portable urinal unit for every 150 men.
If the event you’re planning is set to last longer than six hours, and again there’s no food or alcohol being served it is recommended to provide a single toilet for every 85 women attending and one per every 425 men and a urinal unit for every 125.
Larger music/sporting events & festivals
For events planned to last more than 6 hours serving food and alcohol then the recommended ratios increase as the availability of food and refreshments has a direct impact on visitors’ need to use the facilities. Here the guidelines advocate that for every 75 women expected, the organisers should provide a single portable toilet unit. For men the recommendation is one portable toilet for every 400 revellers and additional urinal for every 100.
If you’re still not sure how many portable toilets you need for an event – then don’t worry – AndyLoos website has its very own simple to use portable toilet events calculator tool which will provide you with all the information you need to know! After that view our range of portable toilets and submit an easy to use enquiry on our Contact Us page.
AndyLoos has 25 years experience providing portable toilets and washroom facilities for all types of celebrations and events ranging from local community cheese-tasting fayres to sell out music festivals with thousands of visitors. We endeavour to ensure all our customers receive an exceptional, professional and most of all affordable service – whether they hire a single loo or a full suite of our luxury trailers.