Why Do You Need a Welfare Unit?

Those that have ever visited a construction site will know how important it is that both staff and visitors are provided with the necessary facilities. A welfare unit is a compact way of providing a place to eat, changing facilities, toilets, and office spaces on construction sites that can otherwise be uncomfortable places to work.

Planning Your Project

When the time comes to look for a welfare unit there are considerations that must be made during the planning stages. Employers must understand that their employees’ basic needs must be met, regardless of the size or type of project. Some projects may have associated health risks, such as chemical substances or dusty environments, making it more likely that you need to provide a place to store any relevant personal protective equipment such as respirators, eye protection, and protective clothing. Doing so means that workers are much less likely to encounter harm in the workplace. It’s also important to get an overall idea of the amount of people that will be using the welfare facilities, so that you can make arrangements for the right level of care.

Health and Safety Guidelines

While every site is different, it is the law for both clients and contractors to provide welfare facilities on any project that is longer than 30 days. Failure to comply with this is considered a breach in health and safety guidelines and therefore the law.

All contractors must ensure that they are providing both on site workers and visitors with facilities that correspond to the size and type of project that is being planned. For example, every person that works on a construction site should have access to both toilet and washing facilities, clean drinking water, hot water, and a place to prepare food.

To ensure you adhere to the strict guidelines surrounding the provision of welfare facilities, get in touch with the team at Mobile Mini today. We can provide you with versatile, self-contained welfare units that have been purpose built for sites without electricity or water connections, fulfilling employee needs and complying with HSE legislation.