Porta Potties and Your Construction Site: Following OSHA Requirements
As a project manager, your number one priority is the health and safety of your team. However, it can be challenging to keep up with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) changing standards when it comes to working conditions.
There’s no denying that you have your team’s best interest at heart but when it comes to providing the adequate number of portable restrooms and sanitary stations, it’s not always a matter of doing what you did on your last project. Your needs can be vastly different this time around.
Rest easy because in this blog post, you’ll find the requirements set by OSHA as of March 2019 and if any new changes are implemented, we’ll be sure to update you with any changing standards as they unfold!
Basic Requirements According to OSHA
According to OSHA’s restrooms and sanitation requirements, employers must provide all workers with immediately-available toilet facilities and sanitary needs. Other requirements include:
- Provide a number of restrooms that meets the size of your workforce in order to avoid long lines.
- Must not impose unresonable restrictions on restroom use.
- Make sure there are no extended delays caused by restrictions.
- Allow workers to leave their work stations when they need to use the restroom.
- Toilets must be private, have a lock, and separated by gender.
- Toilets must be well lit, in a secure area, and ventilated.
- Soap and water or hand cleansers such as antibacterial must be provided.
- Hand towels, air blowers, or a section for toweling must be provided.
- There must be a trashcan for the disposal of hand towels and feminine hygiene products.
OSHA’s Number Requirement for Portable Restrooms Based on Team Size
If your construction site has 20 or fewer employees, you will need at least one portable restroom. For every 50 employees, one porta potty is required. However, despite these minimum requirements, it’s best to provide a porta potty for every 10 employees. This will avoid excessive waiting periods and keep your team safe and comfortable. You’ll also want to take into consideration the number of hours they’re working. If they work beyond an eight hour work day, then consider adding an additional porta potty for safety and sanitation. It’s also best to round up when it comes to your team. For example, if you have 36 workers, round up to 40.
Following Regulations Can Also Boost Morale
There are many ways to help your construction site team feel supported. Providing them with clean and usable portable restrooms is one way. Arriving on site to a safe and secure area, knowing that their management supports their needs will ultimately boost morale. Although it may seem like a requirement that all construction sites would uphold, you’d be surprised to know that across Texas, many fail to meet the basic needs of their team. Texas is considered a federal OSHA jurisdiction, which makes up mostly private sector workers; therefore, state and local government workers do not fall under federal OSHA requirements.
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If you’re in need of construction units and ADA-approved hand sanitation stations, then contact us today!