Does your office loo make the health and safety grade?
I can't think of a single person who likes discussing their bathroom, especially the toilet facility at their offices. Why should they? It serves a biological function, but as long as it's looked after and there's always toilet paper available, nobody goes out of their way to have in-depth discussions regarding it.
But here's why you need to change your attitude...
Your office is a breeding ground for germs!
37 million bacteria are floating around your office! Is it any wonder why colds and flu spread so easily?
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6 requirements for every workplace bathroom
You must provide sanitary facilities (toilets, urinals, wash hand basins, etc.) in accordance with the National Building Regulations.
Irrespective of whether the sanitary facilities are on your premises or adjoining premises, provide employees with the following:
A toilet seat for every toilet designed to have a seat.
A towel for every employee, or disposable paper towels, or hot air blowers, or clean portions of continuous cloth towels.
Toilet soap or liquid soap dispensers; kept in a clean and hygienic condition.
There should be one sanitary facility per 30 people (this is the responsibility of those in the construction industry more than the employer).
The sanitary facilities mustn't be offensive to the public, i.e. portable facilities for construction sites.
3 more must-haves for your staff loo
The Health and Safety Advisor
gives you a checklist of your must-haves
in staff toilet facilities. You'll also find the legal requirements for other workplace facilities like the change rooms, dining rooms, ventilation and so much more!
Use these tips to keep your office hygienic and in tip top shape!
Until next time
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Advisor
You must have clean, functional working facilities. To keep your facilities compliant, implement an ongoing hygiene programme. I'll show you how here