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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - welfare facilities for construction sites

This briefing identifies that construction workers need adequate toilet and washing facilities, a place to warm up, eat their food and store clothing.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Welfare Facilities for Construction Sites is to outline what welfare facilities should be available to staff working on a construction site.

Reasons for concern

It is an explicit legal requirement to have suitable and sufficient welfare facilities on site. Failure to do so can lead to staff suffering from ill health conditions, including dehydration.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Failure to provide washing facilities may lead to the spread of sickness and disease.
  • Failure to provide toilet facilities may lead to the spread of infectious diseases.
  • A source of clean drinking water, preferably from a mains supply, should be provided to prevent dehydration.
  • Facilities should be provided for the storage and drying of wet clothing.
  • All welfare areas should be kept clean and tidy.
  • A supply of soap, hand towels and toilet tissue should be provided.