If you’re working on a construction site, you know that nature often calls, and there is no bathroom. This is where portable toilets come in handy! Portable toilets can be a lifesaver on job sites, but it’s essential to know the laws before setting them up.
According to the ADA guidelines, portable toilets must be accessible to anyone who needs them and be kept in a sanitary condition. In addition, the site must provide adequate space for the number of porta-potties requested by the workers.
You may need a permit to install a porta-potty on your job site. It’s essential to check with the local government to make sure you comply with any regulations they have in place.
Read more: Is Permit for a Porta Potty Necessary?
This post will discuss the laws surrounding porta-potties for job sites and how to comply with OSHA regulations.
1) There Must Be a Working Porta Potty on Site At All Times
Whether a corporate event, a construction site or a remote job site, an available restroom facility for those on-site meets the health and safety requirements of applicable regulations. Most states have laws requiring employers to provide portable toilets for workers in open-air worksites where permanent facilities are unavailable.
2) The Porta Potty Must Be Placed in a Visible, Public Place
Portable toilets should be placed in a safe and visible area to workers. An ideal location would be close to the job site but not so close as to interfere with work or cause a distraction. These should also be located away from traffic, such as walkways, parking lots, and public roads.
3) The Porta Potty Must Be Kept Clean and in Good Condition
Portable restrooms should be cleaned, disinfected, and stocked with supplies regularly. Depending on the local regulations, this can range from every 8 hours or two times per week. In addition, it must be kept in reasonable condition at all times. This includes keeping the doors and roofs intact, replacing broken fixtures, checking for clogs, and taking care of any other maintenance needs. Failure to maintain the porta potty in good condition can result in fines or other penalties.
4) Post Signs and Markings Near the Portable Restroom
You must post signage or markings near each unit to inform individuals of their proper use. For example, it may need to include instructions for wheelchair access, a clear statement that drugs and alcohol are prohibited, a prohibition of smoking, etc. The regulations may vary based on your state or local government, so check with them before posting any signs. Additionally, it would help if you made the signage visible to all unit users.
5) Keep Cleaning Accessories On-Site
When you rent a porta-potty, it has the necessary cleaning accessories to keep the unit in good condition. Be sure to have these on-site while your porta-potty is being used. These accessories include toilet paper, deodorizers, and sanitizing solutions. In addition, OSHA requires you to provide employees with a handwashing facility, such as a sink or portable water tank. This should be located near the porta-potty to ensure that employees can properly wash their hands before and after using the restroom.