Employers are legally obligated to ensure a safe, healthy environment for their employees. From wearing protective equipment to providing adequate seating, employers are expected to follow these regulations to the letter.
An often overlooked aspect of this is toilet regulations, which have to be adhered to in the same way as any other health and safety guidelines. Below, we will outline these regulations so you can ensure that your workplace is fully compliant.
Toilets and a way to wash
There are a lot of things to consider with regards to toilet regulations, such as how many toilets per employee will you need? If you work in an office, what toilet requirements are there in office buildings?
Adhering to toilet facilities regulations is a legal obligation, so it’s important to get it right. Some important aspects that employers need to provide include:
- A sufficient number of toilets and washbasin
- Rooms with lockable doors or, preferably, separate facilities for men and women
- Clean facilities
- Fresh sanitary products including washing agents, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products
- Somewhere to safely dispose of sanitary waste
- Well-lit and ventilated areas
- Hot and cold running water
- A way to dry hands
- Shower facilities if the work is particularly dirty
- A large basin that can be used to clean past the wrist
As well as these legal obligations, employers are always expected to consider the needs of those with disabilities. Whether that is including more accessible toilets or lowered basins, employers should strive for equality in the workplace.
If you’re unsure about how many toilets you require for your workplace, we’ve created a handy table for you to reference below.