Dignity, Respect and Equality at Work
24 January 2018
As reported by Construction News, a Unite survey has identified that nearly one in five building sites have no drinking water or separate gender bathrooms. The survey polled 3,500 Unite members to discover that many sites fail to meet minimum legal requirements for workplace welfare facilities – see the HSE Guidance here.
The report covers the challenges workers have discovered in numerous building sites, including men and women being forced to share toilets with no separate facilities for women, and kitchen facilities being inadequate, some of which were never cleaned. In some instances, available toilets were located 10-15 minute walk away from the site.
What is the big problem with the current state of welfare on construction sites?
Productivity and overall ability to get a job done on site is down to the workforce. If they must walk 10 to 15 minutes to carry out their basic human right of being able to use a toilet then productivity will decrease.
To not cater for a growing influx of women in the construction industry is not acceptable in this day and age, and, according to Randstad, women are expected to make up a quarter of the UK’s construction workforce by 2020. It is a fact that more women than ever are embarking on careers in construction. At a time where the UK needs to build hundreds of thousands of homes in the next few decades, we need our workforce to be comfortable in the work place.
What are our options for welfare on-site?
- Single Toilet Units
- Shower Units
- Portable Welfare Cabins
- Static Welfare Units
- Welfare Vans
- Effluent Emptying
- Water Filling Services
You need to provide your workforce with a comfortable level of welfare and PAL Hire is here to help you with these requirements. Speak to our team on 0844 288 7265 to discuss your options.