Does Your Site Meet the Legal Welfare and Sanitation Requirements? There are certain laws that all sites, construction and events alike, need to abide by when it comes to hiring out sanitation and welfare units.
We’ve comprised the latest health and safety information here for you to take a look at to make sure that you’re site is not breaching the law. Below is a brief overview, however we suggest that you read the documents on the health and safety page thoroughly.
Legal welfare and sanitation requirements for Construction
If you are employing anyone for your building or construction site then you have a responsibility to provide adequate and appropriate welfare facilities for them whilst they are at work. Here are some of the basic requirements that should be maintained on all sites;
■ Enough toilets and washbasins for those expected to use them
■ Clean facilities
■ An adequate supply of toilet paper
■ Facilities that are well lit and ventilated
■ Facilities with hot and cold running water
■ Enough soap or other washing agents
■ A basin large enough to wash hands and forearms if necessary
■ A means for drying hands, eg paper towels or a hot air dryer
■ Showers where necessary, eg for particularly dirty work
■ Somewhere to change, dry and store clothing
■ Drinking water, and cups if needed
■ A rest area to sit, make hot drinks and eat food
Below is a table detailing the minimum number of toilets and washbasins that should be provided to a work site per number of employee’s.
Legal welfare and sanitation requirements for Events
As an event organiser, you have sole responsibility to ensure that your event is adhering to the the correct laws and regulations. You’ll oversee every little detail and will need to converse with site owners, landowners, local authorities and contractors to make sure that everything is running smoothly and legally.
Here are some things that you will need to take into consideration when organising your event;
■ Plan for the correct storage, handling and transport of general waste and sewage (if waste is disposed of to landfill, recycling is compulsory)
■ Provide suitable and sufficient sanitary and welfare facilities for workers at an event
■ Provide appropriate sanitary and welfare facilities for the audience (This will vary on a number of factors including duration of the event, location of the event and type of venue, perceived audience food and fluid consumption, requirements for campsites, plus many other factors)
Below is a table detailing the minimum number of toilets that should be provided to an per number of attendee’s.
For a more detailed description of the legal requirements for your site then please read the documents on our Health and Safety page. The documents go into more detail about what is required on a site and why it is essential to provide the appropriate facilities. Failure to comply to the requirements set out can result in a hefty fine so it is worth giving the documents a read!