This is the most common question we’re asked by customers working in the construction and building sector, whether they are small owner managed building companies or national housebuilders and developers.
Providing loos, washrooms and showers to construction and building sites is a major part of our business – and has been for more than 25 years!
As such we’ve compiled a summary of everything the busy builder needs to know about all things loo-like for their construction site – so they can focus on – well building!
The rules for providing adequate portable toilet and washroom facilities on building and construction sites are set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who provides detailed guidance for builders.
According to the HSE welfare guidance construction firms must provide at least one portable toilet unit for every seven people working on site during a 40-hour working week. In addition the HSE requires construction sites to provide:
• Clean, working toilets that are lit and ventilated;
• Washbasins with hot and cold running water;
• Ready supply of toilet paper;
• Soap and towels, and
• Sinks large enough to wash face, hands and forearms;
As it isn’t always feasible to provide hot water facilities given the location of some construction sites the HSE advises substituting the hot water facilities with a cold water chemical toilet and hand basin if necessary.
Following the guidance above will ensure busy builders don’t fall foul of the cistern.. and incur potentially crippling costs! For example, If HSE inspect a construction site and find welfare facilities are inadequate they will serve an improvement notice. On further inspection, and if facilities haven’t improved, they WILL order the construction firm to pay a fine of anything up to £8,500.
AndyLoos portable toilets, washbasins and showers are all HSE compliant – with hot water facility available in either 110 or 240 volt. Weekly cleaning and servicing is included as standard on all our loos and showers installed on construction or building sites – this includes ensuring there’s plenty of soap, toilet paper and hand towels – so you don’t have to!
More information is available on the HSE website, including the following useful guidance documents:
Provision of welfare facilities during construction work
Welfare Facilities: what you need to know as a busy builder