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Guide To Welfare Unit Requirements

Friday, 31 March 2017

Guide To Welfare Unit Requirements

Welfare Units for canteens, toilets, offices and changing/dry rooms

Construction and site workers require an adequate level of toilet and washing facilities, a place to store or dry clothing and somewhere that they can use for their rest breaks.

These basic needs are sometimes overlooked.

Eldapoint manufactures bespoke secure steel welfare units that address the welfare needs of employees and construction workers while they are on-site. For example, canteen units, changing rooms and portable sleeping accommodation. Modular containers enable larger facilities with specific features. These Welfare Units are purpose-built and self-contained for remote locations, and for sites without water or electricity connections.

Welfare Units | Planning your project

When scoping out for the purchase of Welfare Units, there are a number of considerations to be made:

Think about the type of work that will be carried out and if there are any associated health risks. Your work may involve hazardous chemicals or substances; or you may be pouring concrete, working within dusty demolition environments or contaminated land. If this is the case then it’s more than likely that you will need to provide shower blocks.

And what about distance? How far is too far when you’re asking site staff to travel backwards and forwards between the actual place of work and the facilities.

The length of the project, the number of locations and whether the units need to be relocated are important considerations during the planning stage.

And finally, it is also important to get an overall idea of the numbers of people and the frequency with which people will use those facilities. Usage projections will have an impact on the amount of cleaning and maintenance of the welfare facilities; having this information available will help you to plan the right level of care in advance.

Planning for installation and removal of facilities from site

Particular attention must be paid to The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations when units are moved to and from delivery vehicles. Regulations are in place to ensure that adequate health and safety issues are considered. Good planning and adherence to these regulations will not only protect those who build, use and maintain these units, but will also reduce the risk of injury during installation and removal.

The preferred method of moving Portable Welfare Units is via mechanical handling. However, not all situations are suitable for mechanical handling. In this case, when manual handling is utilised, you need to manage the risk effectively.

It is good practice to employ the use of ‘safe lifting’ and equip staff with PPE. Also, plan where the unit will go and how far it will be from traffic to ensure there is enough separation between pedestrians and vehicles.

Planning for washing facilities

It is good practice to locate washrooms next to changing areas and toilets. If this is not feasible, then consider placing them next to rest areas. Washroom facilities should have the following:

Hot and cold (or warm) water. Preferably this should be running water if it is reasonably practical.
There should be soap and other suitable cleansing products.
Users of the facilities will also require towels or others ways to dry-off.
There needs to be consideration for adequate ventilation and lighting.
The types of units will determine how much space you have. However the units should be kitted out with sinks large enough to wash face, hands and forearms.
If your workers are exposed to hazardous substances, or are involved in extremely dirty work, then shower blocks should be provided and located away from the main facilities.

Planning for toilet blocks

The provision of toilet blocks normally falls into 3 categories:

Facilities whereby toilets can be connected to mains water and drainage.
Self contained, built-in water supply and drainage tanks.
Portable chemical toilets.
Whichever of the above categories your projects fall into, you will be required to provide an adequate number of toilets. The quantity needed will depend on the number of workers on site.

Planning for rest facilities

Most workers are entitled to rest breaks during the course of the working day. It is important that adequate rest facilities are provided for construction/site workers. These facilities will need to offer shelter from rain and have a suitable number of tables and chairs. The rest areas should be of a minimum standard and must not be used as a double-up storage room for equipment or materials.


There are strict guidelines for the provision of welfare facilities during construction work. Eldapoint Manufacturing Division are our specialists in the bespoke manufacturing of temporary self contained Welfare Units, Portable Accommodation Units and Hydro Containers.

The fitting of a generator is optional, the generator can be provided free issue for installation by our fitters, ordered with the welfare unit or fitted by the customer themselves. They can be used to provide temporary canteen, toilet, office and drying room facilities when and where you need them.

We will manufacture your Welfare Unit to your specification, enabling you to be fully compliant with the requirements of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

Please contact us to discuss your exact project requirements.

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