The Queensland Government Workplace Health and Safety, Electrical Safety Office, Workers Compensation Regulator, and WorkCover Queensland all ensure the health and safety of workers across various industries. The agencies outline rules and regulations to ensure that all workers across Queensland are protected from health and safety hazards and that their welfare is given utmost consideration in the workplace. This includes the health and sanitation requirements linked to use of workplace temporary toilets.
Importance of Construction Site Movable Toilets
Movable toilets in construction sites can be easily overlooked by many companies. It is, after all, an additional expense to have one made available for the workers. It may sound impractical, however, having toilets accessible to workers in a construction site is a very logical thing to do.
Improve the Productivity of Workers
It has been proven through time that workers who are happy and comfortable in their workplace are more productive. By providing toilets for workers’ use, a company ensures that they are comfortable and that they do not need to worry about having to look for toilets outside the construction site, should the need arise. Moreover, the time spent driving or walking to an offsite toilet greatly reduces the working time when accumulated. This represents a key factor when working on tight schedules such as working on construction sites.
Avoid Conflict with the Law
Health and sanitation in the workplace are highly looked out by the Queensland government and violating these laws may put your company in peril. Aside from paying big fines, you may also find your license revoked, and this risk cannot be overlooked.
QLD Construction Site Toilet Requirements
WorkCover Queensland provides for the workplace and construction site toilet requirements regarding their creation and use. Here are some of the things you need to ensure:
1. Number of Toilets
The National Construction Code of Australia provides for the ratio of available, usable toilets to the number of workers. This helps you determine the number of toilets needed in the construction site based on the number of workers that you have. In general, a separate toilet for men and women must be made available. However, if there are less than 10 workers usually working on site, or if there are only one or two workers of a particular gender; one unisex toilet is all that is required. For sites with more workers, one closet pan is required for every 20 males and 1 urinal per 25 males. For female workers, one closet pan is required for every 15 workers.
Whilst this is the standard ratio of toilets to workers, other factors such as shift work schedules and worker breaks may affect this prescribed ratio.
2. Toilets Design
WorkCover Queensland also ensures that all toilets available for use in construction sites must be fit for comfortable use with the provision of related supplies. Toilets should be fitted with a hinged seat and lid, provided with lighting and ventilation and clearly signposted. Additionally, toilets should be fitted with a hinged door capable of locking from the inside on each cubicle, designed to allow emergency access, positioned to ensure privacy for users, and be separated from other rooms by an airlock, a sound-proof wall and a separate entrance that is clearly marked.
Moreover, adequate supplies must be made available, including toilet paper, hand washing facilities, rubbish bins, and hygienic means of sanitary items disposal for female toilets.
3. Access and Provisions in Offsite Construction Areas
All toilets must be located near the workplace. In the case of offsite construction areas, toilets must be located within the parameters of the construction site. Finally, all workers must be informed of their locations. For offsite construction sites, portable toilets are allowed given that they pass the standards and requirements of health and sanitation authorities.
Access to toilets is a right for every worker, including workers with a disability. Check out our construction site temporary toilets compliant with WorkCover Queensland or request for more information.