The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces strict rules on providing workers on construction sites with bathroom facilities. If you fail to comply with these regulations, you could face hefty fines and operations may have to stop.
To observe these rules, construction companies typically turn to porta-potty rentals. However, the problem with porta-potties is that because of their dimensions; they have specific placement requirements.
A standard porta-potty weighs 230 – 250 lbs; it stands about 88” – 91” high. They have to be kept away from curbs, main roads, walkways, and driveways. Most importantly, they can only be placed in areas accessible for servicing. It means they typically stay on a ground level where trucks can easily access them – making porta-potties a hassle to reach for any worker working on one of the higher floors.
Also, the price of porta-potties doesn’t only vary depending on the type of unit but on how often you have them serviced. A construction company with a bigger budget may have enough money to have their porta-potties cleaned regularly. But what if the company can only afford to have their porta-potties serviced once a month?
However, the scary truth is that it doesn’t matter if porta-potties are cleaned and serviced once a week or once a month; on a hot day, the bacteria in sewage goes into overdrive. The stench in a porta-potty on a summer day is unbearable. However, the smell is the least of your worries because it’s the viruses and diseases that will ultimately harm your health. Touch a contaminated porta-potty door handle, wall, or seat, and you could walk out with Hepatitis A, norovirus, salmonella, or shigellosis.
Porta-Potties vs. Portable Lavatory Systems
It’s true that porta-potties have long dominated construction sites and outdoor events; however, porta-potties are no longer the only solution that can meet your crew’s sanitary needs. Portable lavatory systems prove they are the more hygienic and more cost-effective option.
OSHA’s rules state that portable toilet facilities can be installed without a structure, as long as they provide suitable privacy. The Brief Relief Lavatory System comes with a privacy shelter, a Commode, a full-sized seat, and portable Waste Bags.
The Brief Relief Privacy Enclosure is a large, sound-reducing enclosure built to provide maximum privacy and comfort. The enclosure’s side panels are designed to reduce sound by 3-5 decibels from inside and out and conform to OSHA noise-reduction standards. It’s built from flame-resistant PVC with integrated spring locking fiberglass poles. It even comes with a detachable floor.
With the Brief Relief Lavatory System, each floor of the multi-story commercial building could have its own bathroom facility. It can be set up easily by a single person, that can be kept set up or packed it away at the end of each day.
Ultimately, portable lavatory systems at construction sites will increase productivity and dramatically lessen the amount of time a single bathroom break would take. They’re also much cheaper than porta-potty rental.