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Toilet protests in Soweto show how important it is to have proper facilities at work

by , 13 June 2014
New Africa reported on Tuesday, people in Soweto blocked roads in protest. They were protesting about the old 'bucket toilet systems' that still exists in some parts of the township.

The protesters say the bucket system should have disappeared with Apartheid and we think the Department of Labour would agree.

This is why the OHS Act highlights how important proper toilets and occupational hygiene is. Old, dirty and badly maintained toilets aren't only unhygienic; they're also degrading to the people who use them.

To ensure you don't have protests at your workplace, follow these nine rules about toilet areas...

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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
 
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 
 
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Nine health and safety housekeeping rules about company toilet areas you must follow

The Health and Safety Advisor reveals nine important health and safety housekeeping rules about toilet areas you must follow. The rules say you must:
 
1. Clean toilet areas with warm soapy water at least once a day;
2. Clean it as often as possible if a lot of people continually use the area;
3. Sanitise toilet areas at least once a week;
4. Deep clean toilet areas at least once a year, but we recommend twice a year;
5. Take swabs of all the surfaces to test for bacteria or germs that can cause hazards in the workplace;
6. Send those swabs for tests a.s.a.p.;
7. Ensure all your employees have their own soap and towel if they wash at work. It's not hygienic for them to share;
8. Ensure all your employees have their own locker; and
9. Sanitise their lockers once a month and deep clean them once a year.
 
If you follow these rules in your health and safety procedures, you'll have hygienic toilets your employees will be happy to use. 
 

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