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Is it a legal requirement to have toilets on a building site?

When hiring portable toilets for building sites, it is important to understand the legal requirements involved. In our latest article, we look at the guidelines surrounding site toilet hire.

HSE (Health & Safety Executive) Guidelines

The HSE governs workplace health, safety and welfare and guidelines are freely available online. However, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 deal specifically with managing health and safety in the construction industry and the guidance covers toilet and washing facilities.

Portable toilets on a construction site

It is a legal requirement to have toilets on a building site and the number will depend on the size of the workforce. ‘Suitable and sufficient’ facilities must be provided, with a minimum recommended ratio of 1 toilet for every 7 people working a 40-hour week.

Washing facilities on a construction site

The HSE states that ‘suitable and sufficient washing facilities, including showers if required by the nature of the work...’ should be provided, with hot and cold running water, soap and paper towels.  Basins for handwashing should be deep enough for hands and arms to be washed up to the elbows.

The HSE also stipulates that toilet and washing facilities must be maintained in a ‘clean and orderly condition’.

Site toilet hire from JB Event Facilities

If you are looking for construction site toilet hire, our standard range includes single event toilets, an accessible toilet and a 6-man urinal, all ideal for a building site. The urinal can be used alongside the single event toilet and is perfect where there is a higher proportion of male workers to female.

Mobile shower hire from JB Event Facilities

Show your construction team that their welfare is important to you by providing mobile showers onsite, that will let them shower off the dirt and debris before going home. Showers also prevent prolonged contact with any potentially harmful materials they may encounter in the course of the build. If no mains water supply is available, we can provide an IBC (intermediate bulk container) with pump. Mobile showers are available as a 4-bay unit or a 6-bay unit.

Long term site hire from JB Event Facilities

Long term site hire from JB Event Facilities enables site managers and those responsible for health and safety to be completely compliant with current guidelines. All units are steam cleaned prior to delivery and will arrive onsite fully stocked with all necessary consumables. Our long term hire contracts include a portable toilet cleaning service to maintain the units in a ‘clean and orderly condition... with an adequate supply of toilet paper etc.’ and regular emptying and restocking can be arranged at a frequency to suit the needs of the individual site. Our own fleet of pump trucks will service the units in situ, emptying tanks and refilling sumps and the interior and exterior of the units will be cleaned. Access is also given to our dedicated, emergency phone support line to connect clients to a team of engineers, 24 hours a day, all year round.

Site toilet hire near me

If you are responsible for building site toilet hire in Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, JB Event Facilities offer over 20 years’ experience in the provision of portable site toilet hire. Our friendly and experienced sales team is available to answer any questions you have and is ready to make your next site fully compliant. Simply give us a call on 01280 851200 or email us at info@jbeventfacilities.co.uk today.