Construction Site Welfare: the do’s, don’ts and musts!

6 February 2017

Construction Site Welfare – How legal is your construction site? Are you aware of all the regulations and standards you have to meet in order for your site to be lawful? The HSE have provided us with rules to ensure that your workers are properly looked after at all times. Because, after all, the job always gets done better if everyone is comfortable! We discuss the finer points of providing welfare on site.

What is needed to be legal?

First of all, there are a set amount of toilet facilities that must be present. The HSE recommend around 1 toilet for every 7 workers, based on the average 8 hour day. The toilets are to be kept clean and in an orderly condition, and there must be washing facilities that can be used immediately after toilet or urinal use. The washing facilities include clean hot and cold running water, soap or similar means of cleaning and the workers must be able to fit up to their elbow in a wash basin.

All toilets must be well lit, ventilated and, depending on the nature of the job, there should be shower units available.

It is also stated that there should be an area available so workers can securely store clothing and personal items, as well as dry wet items.

Did you know?

Welfare facilities must be easily accessible by all workers, at all times. As well as the washing facilities needing to be in close proximity to the toilets, they also need to be near canteens and rest rooms so people can wash before eating and relaxing.

Here at PAL Hire, we have everything you need to make your construction site both lawful and a pleasant environment to work in. From portable toilet hire, shower unit hire and canteen unit hire – we can get our hands on anything you may need!

Did you know that working conditions relate to a workers mental and emotional health? If the environment feels unsafe for the worker or if it is unsanitary, the worker, by no fault of their own, will not perform to their full potential and therefore the job standard could suffer. So, when you’re hiring out equipment for your site, it not only provides your employees with better working conditions, but it also assures the project is completed to its highest standard.

More information on Construction Site Welfare

Want more information? You can give us a call on 0161 482 6200 today and have a chat with our expert team, fill in our online form for a quick quote for the facilities you need, or check out how many portable toilets you need for your site on our website.

PAL Hire is the UK’s leading network of equipment hire depots. We have the equipment you need, when and where you need it. Having such a diverse range of depots means we can fulfil your equipment hire needs and cover when things do not go so well. Call our team for a quote for your Construction Site Welfare needs.