With so much to think about when you’re planning work at a new construction site, it can be easy to forget about the basics. But one of the things you should always keep front of mind is whether your site meets the legal requirements for workplace welfare facilities.
At Suttie Site Services, we understand you’ve got a lot to think about, which is why we’re put our heads together to list the top welfare facilities you should consider before your team starts on a job:
- Toilets and washing facilities
Offering enough toilets and washing facilities like basins should be a prerequisite of any work site. The HSE states that workers should not have to queue for an unreasonable length of time, that all doors should be lockable and that where possible there should be separate cubicles for men and women.
Other things to think about include: ensuring you have disabled facilities as well as an adequate supply of toilet roll, sanitary bins, enough soap and a way of drying hands. For particularly dirty work, showers may be required.
- Drinking water
All sites should ensure that staff have an adequate supply of drinking water that is free from contamination. It doesn’t matter whether that is supplied through bottles of water, a fountain or through a mains supply – as long as it is easily accessible to everyone.
- Changing facilities
If your employees are doing work that means they need to get changed into specialist workwear, providing enough changing rooms is essential. These should provide a means for hanging clothes and ensure the privacy of all users.
- Rest facilities for pregnant or nursing mothers
If it is ‘reasonably practicable’ for you to do so, you may need to provide a room for pregnant or nursing mothers to rest or nurse. If you are unsure about this, it’s always worth checking in with the Health and Safety Executive.
- A place for meal breaks
Workers should have a suitable, hygienic place that they can use during meal breaks, which needs to be clean and situated where food won’t get contaminated.
Construction sites do not always have facilities and you may need to draft in specialists to set them up. At Suttie Site Services, we offer a range of temporary electrics and plumbing that may be useful in your quest for welfare facilities. What’s more, we work with tried and tested suppliers to deliver you the best site solutions, every day of the year. To see how we can help, please contact our expert team.