Importance of Construction Site Portable Bathrooms
When ya’ gotta’ go, ya’ gotta’ go! Construction workers and builders don’t have the same luxuries that many American workers enjoy: a toilet that flushes and running water. However, well-maintained portable bathrooms and sanitation stations can make life a lot easier (and healthier) for your workers. Here are 7 great reasons for contacting PBS Services for your construction site portable toilet and hygiene needs.
It’s the Law
It’s hard to argue with this one, isn’t it? Restrooms are a must-have commodity, even if your site of work is transitory or outdoors. “OSHA requires employers to provide all workers with sanitary and immediately-available toilet facilities (restrooms). The sanitation standards (29 CFR 1910.141, 29 CFR 1926.51 and 29 CFR 1928.110) are intended to ensure that workers do not suffer adverse health effects that can result if toilets are not sanitary and/or are not available when needed” (OSHA).
For construction sites, OSHA gives the seal of approval to portable restrooms; however, the organization has specific guidelines and standards for non-flushing outdoor toilets. The guidelines state that when there are 20 or fewer workers, only one portable toilet is required. When there are more than 20 workers, the site manager is required to provide his or her employees with 1 toilet seat and 1 urinal per every 40 workers. On larger sites, where there are more than 200 workers, 1 toilet seat and 1 urinal per 50 workers is required.
It Keeps Your Crew Healthy
Scientific literature indicates that holding urine in the bladder for more than one hour, after experiencing the urge to urinate, leads to a higher incidence of urinary tract infections or issues like chronic urinary retention.
As a best practice, OSHA recommends that employers provide separate facilities for male and female workers as well as containers of hand sanitizer.
It Improves Worker Satisfaction
While OSHA has pretty strict regulations about the number of portable toilets a job site should have, access to toilets and handwashing stations can still be challenging for women. Often, jobsite sanitary facilities are unisex, overused, and poorly maintained, making it difficult for females employees comfortable access facilities.
OSHA reports that women often “avoid drinking water on the job, risking heat stress and other health problems because of the lack of appropriate facilities available to them.” Furthermore, delaying bathroom use leads to a higher incidence of urinary tract infections and unsanitary conditions may increase the transmission of communicable diseases.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a nonprofit organization that “oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector of commerce” recommends 1 toilet for every 10 males and 1 for every 10 female workers.
Portable Toilets Improve Productivity
Onsite portable sanitation stations reduce the time your workers spend off-site, in search of bathroom facilities. Every minute one of your workers spends in search of a bathroom is time that’s not spent on your project. Not only that, but the odds of an employee using that time on the road to make a call or grab some refreshments are pretty high, which adds yet more time to what should be a one-minute bathroom break. On-site bathrooms minimize distraction, improve focus, and increase the time your workers spend on the project.
For smaller jobs, it may be tempting to ask the client if your workers can use their existing bathroom. While it seems like a simple and logical solution, you’re putting your workers at risk for liability claims. In the event that something goes missing or is damaged, fingers will point at your workers, whether it’s justified or not.
Respect Privacy of Your Clients and Workers
While some clients may say, “Sure, you’re welcome to use our bathroom!” They might not realize how much additional foot traffic this will entail. Nor will they realize how inconvenient this arrangement can quickly become. Providing your employees with clean portable sanitation solutions protects not only the privacy of your paying clients but that of your employees as well.
It’s Good for the Environment
Let’s fact it: portable bathrooms with hand sanitizing stations that are regularly cleaned and inspected are far more sanitary and environmentally friendly than expecting your employees “make do.” Not only to portable toilets use very little water, but they eliminate the temptation to use the “big old oak” in lieu of an actual bathroom.
Whether you’re building a glass-encased skyscraper or you’re renovating a bathroom, one of the smartest decisions you can make is to install the appropriate number and type of portable restroom facilities at your jobsite.
If you’re looking for affordable, reliable, and clean portable toilets for your next job site, contact PBS Services today.