Running a construction site isn’t the easiest thing to do, it’s stressful and you can often be pushed for time, never the less there are certain things that need to be done. Below are some points that can’t be missed out on.
What can happen if health and safety is ignored?
At an inspection, a company was found not to have provided welfare facilities at a construction site and was given an improvement notice. However the company did not provide on-site facilities in the given time frame and was prosecuted. They received a £2000 fine for not complying with the notice, a £5000 fine for not providing the welfare facilities, and had to pay prosecution costs of £1272.
What do you need to provide?
• Flushing toilets with connection to mains water/drainage system (if possible)
• If main connection is not obtainable, then facilities with a built in water supply and drainage tank should be used.
• Portable toilets are to be used as a last resort
• Toilets should be ventilated, well lit and kept clean
• Provisions should be in place for regular cleaning of the toilets and an adequate supply of toilet paper and other commodities.
• There should be wash basins with hot and cold (or warm) running water next to the toilets with soap and towels (or hand dryers)
• The basins should be large enough to wash hands, face and forearms.
• Somewhere to change, dry and store clothing;
• Drinking water, and cups if needed
• A rest area to sit, make hot drinks and eat food.
Positioning on site
You should site welfare units and manage traffic effectively to ensure adequate segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.
How many toilets do you need?
Number of people at work Number of toilets Number of washbasins
1-5 1 1
6-25 2 2
26-50 3 3
51-75 4 4
76-100 5 5
Drinking water
Drinking water should be readily available. Where possible, it should be supplied direct from the mains. If water is stored, protect it from possible contamination and make sure it is changed often enough to prevent it from becoming stale or contaminated. Where necessary, clearly mark the drinking water supply to prevent it being confused with hazardous liquids or water which is not fit to drink.
Rest facilities
Rest facilities should provide shelter from wind and rain. The rest facilities should have adequate numbers of tables, seating with backs, a means for heating water for drinks and for warming up food and be adequately heated. Rest areas are not to be used to store plant, equipment or materials.
Washing facilities
Provide washing facilities next to both toilets and changing areas. Consider placing them next to rest areas if these are far from toilets or changing areas.

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