Health, safety and welfare are basic requirements of any work place. Adequate and functional welfare facilities should be provided at all times. Not only is this the law, but it also makes for a happy and productive workforce.
Facilities provided should be of high quality, so that they can positively influence a person’s health and well being.
So what are these important welfare facilities?
Water and Washing
It’s important that all site accommodation includes running water and appropriate washing facilities. Apart from the one that must be placed near to the toilets, there should also be an area where workers can wash their face, arms and forearms.
They have the right to:
- Clean water
- Hot and cold water, or warm water
- Running water
- Soap or other appropriate means for washing
- Good ventilation
- Efficient lighting in washing area
If the job is messy and involves particularly dirty work – showers should also be provided.
It’s important that toilets are provided, and that they are both suitable and adequate to use. They must be kept in a clean and hygienic condition so that they meet all sanitary needs and expectations. Toilets provided also have to be well lit at all times, and they must be well ventilated. Cleaning will depend on how much the facility is used, as it’s not always possible to clean them every single day.
Depending on the number of workers on a site, there should be a sufficient number of toilets provided. Toilet roll should always be supplied and replaced as soon as possible – this may be down to individual people to report when it needs refilling. There should also be a washing facilitity nearby, so that it can be used immediately after using the toilet.
If there are men and woman working on a site, they can use the same toilet facilities if there are locks that work properly.
Changing Rooms and Places to Store Belongings
Onsite accommodation should include a secure place for men and women to change separately and then somewhere for them to store their personal belongings. This is usually only necessary when workers need to wear special clothing for the nature of their work and can’t get changed elsewhere.
There should be a suitable area provided for workers to take their breaks and to eat meals – which is especially important for work sites that have anything that could contaminate food. Employers don’t have to provide a canteen or places to buy hot food, but by law, they must provide facilities such as a kettle and microwave.
There should be a constant supply of clean drinking water available. If it can’t be supplied directly from the mains, then it should be stored in a way that is free from contamination and damage. It should be clearly marked as drinking water, so that people are not confused by other liquids that look similar. There should also be cups or glasses provided!
Are you looking for high quality site accommodation for your work place?
Flintham Cabins Ltd are leading specialists in site accommodation and steel storage units in London and offer an extensive range of site accommodation solutions. This includes toilet units which are easy to clean, low maintenance, and require no mains power, water or sewage. We also provide welfare units that can easily be moved around on a site, and make the perfect location for an onsite canteen or rest room.
To find out more information on the services that we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can give us a call on 0208 459 6972 and a member of our team will be happy to answer any questions.