The Best Welfare Facilities to Have on Construction Sites
There are many hazards associated with modern construction sites. While some of the most common include dangerous machinery and certain types of chemicals, hygiene and welfare are just as important to address in order to ensure the safety of all on-site personnel. In fact, there are certain regulations which highlight the importance of welfare facilities on sites. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 clearly state that these provisions need to be present in order to avoid stiff penalties. What welfare facilities are required on-site? Let us take a look at some common considerations as well as the benefits associated with each.
Properly flushing toilets connected to a mains water system should always be installed when practical. In the event that a mains water supply is not located nearby, these welfare units for construction sites should instead use a built-in supply of fresh water as well as modular storage tanks. The units themselves should be cleaned on a regular basis (depending upon the frequency of usage) and they must be properly ventilated. An adequate number should also be present. This depends upon the number of workers. Current recommendations stipulate that one toilet should be supplied for every seven individuals.
These construction site welfare facilities should be placed directly next to toilets or changing areas where possible. Some of the elements which must be present include:
- - Soap and cleaning agents
- - Towels or a similarly effective drying method
- - An adequate level of lighting and ventilation
- - Sinks large enough to accommodate average washing needs
There can also be times when more robust welfare facilities on sites are required. One common example may include a portable emergency shower. This is particularly relevant when dealing with caustic and/or harmful chemicals.
It is a foregone conclusion that construction site welfare facilities should also provide employees with a fresh source of drinking water. When feasible, it is always best that this water is supplied directly from the mains. In the event that drinking water needs to be stored for longer periods of time, it should be frequently changed in order to ensure the safety of all workers. Furthermore, the container should be clearly marked so that it is not confused with other liquids. Cups must be provided for employees in the event that an upward water jet (such as a fountain) is not present.
Changing Rooms and Lockers
Welfare units for construction sites will also need to take into account the personal items of the employees themselves. Examples can include PPE, offsite clothing, on-site apparel and any other materials which need to be stored securely. In the event that men and women are both present within a construction site, they should be provided with separate changing areas. Smaller locations may utilise an office (under the assumption that the premises themselves are secure).
In terms of lockers, there could be instances when hazardous materials need to be safely stored. This is why Cross Plant Hire provides a range of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) storage units. These modular lockers are extremely robust and designed to meet the highest of industry standards. Some notable features include:
- - Removable shelves
- - Fully ventilated walls
- - A weatherproof exterior
- - Secure locking doors
Please feel free to speak with one of our customer service representatives to learn more about what these units have to offer.
Welfare facilities on sites must also be able to provide workers with a means to be protected from elements such as wind and rain. These rest areas must include the appropriate number of tables, seats with lumbar support and a way to hear up water as well as for cooking food. Examples can include a microwave or a gas-powered oven. Please note that these facilities should be adequately heated and that they must not be used to store other plant equipment.
Putting it All Together
Knowing what welfare facilities are required on-site is important if you hope to protect the health and safety of all employees. Not only will these units provide a higher sense of efficiency, but you can rest assured in the knowledge that you are in compliance with all of the most relevant regulations.
Cross Plant Hire supplies a wide range of welfare facilities on sites associated with the construction sector. Are you curious to learn more about what we have to offer? Do you have a question in regards to a specific product or service? If so, one of our representatives is always standing by. Please take a moment to contact us directly in order to address any queries that you may have.