We will be considering the question, “How many toilets should a workplace have?”.
It may be a difficult task to ascertain how many toilet will be appropriate in your workplace without proper guide. At the end of this article, you will be enlightened on this subject matter.
The relevant legislation to guide in this subject matter is the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Regulation 20, Sanitary conveniences, states:
- Suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences shall be provided at readily accessible places.
- Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1), sanitary conveniences shall not be suitable unless –
- the rooms containing them are adequately ventilated and lit;
- they and the rooms containing them are kept in a clean and orderly condition; and
- separate rooms containing conveniences are provided for men and women except where and so far as each convenience is in a separate room the door of which is capable of being secured from inside.
The Approved code of practice goes on to give minimum numbers of facilities:
(The number of people at work shown in column 1 refers to the maximum number likely to be in the workplace at any one time)
Number of toilets and washbasins for mixed use (or women only):
|Number of people at work||Number of toilets||Number of washbasins|
Toilets used by men only:
|Number of men at work||Number of toilets||Number of urinals|
L24, Workplace health, safety and welfare, approved code of practice and guidance, (ISBN 0717604136 – available from HSE Books).
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