OSHA Regulations for Construction Site Portable Restrooms

OSHA Regulations for Construction Site Portable Restrooms

November 20, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requirements for just about every aspect of construction work—including restrooms. OSHA is designed to protect workers through safety, hazard and sanitation regulations.

Due to the unfinished nature of most construction sites, there aren’t many bathrooms available for workers. That’s why construction sites rent portable toilets on a long-term basis in El Centro, CA. Here’s what you need to know about OSHA regulations and bathroom requirements.

How many portable restrooms do I need?

OSHA regulations require a certain number of toilets and/or urinals depending on how many workers are on site. Title 29 CFR. 1926.51(c)(1) states that toilets need to be provided at a job site. If there are 20 or fewer employees, one toilet is required. For 20 or more, they require one toilet seat and one urinal per 40 workers. If there are 200 or more, you must provide one toilet seat and one urinal per 50 workers.

The number requirement isn’t all you must follow. The toilets have to be readily accessible. OSHA defines this as being 10 minutes or less from wherever the employee is working. That means that if you’re working on a particularly large job site, you should scatter the portable toilets around the worksite. Make sure that you place the restrooms so that no matter where a person is working on the site, it will take them ten minutes or less to get to one of the portable toilets.

As always, OSHA standards are the bare minimum for health and safety—you can and often should do more to protect your workers. For example, if you’re working during the summertime, workers will be drinking more water to stay hydrated. In turn, that can put an increased demand on the portable toilets. Consider doubling or tripling your long-term rental.

If you’re not sure how many toilets would be appropriate for your job site, ask your porta potty rental company for assistance.

What can I expect from a worksite toilet rental in El Centro, CA?

Renting portable toilets is easy when you work with a reputable company like Sharps Sanitation. No matter how many toilets you initially order, you can always add more if necessary. We’ll work with you to deliver the toilets to the worksite. We’ll place them wherever you choose (as long as our trucks can maneuver and they’re on a flat, stable surface). Because it’s a long-term rental, we’ll also provide regular sanitation services to ensure the bathrooms remain safe, clean and accessible for everyone on the job site.

When ordering your portable toilets, consider adding handwashing stations, too. Now, more than ever, good sanitation is paramount. Make it easy on everyone to stay clean and healthy.

For more information about long-term portable toilet rental in El Centro, CA, reach out to Sharps Sanitation today. We’ll be happy to give you quotes about our rental rates, long-term contracts and sanitation schedules. We have over 55 years of experience delivering safe, clean rentals to our customers.

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