Welfare Units

Construction Site Welfare Facilities for Long-Term Projects

What does the law say on employee welfare at construction sites?

When construction projects are at the planning stage, the law says that both clients and contractors have an obligation to provide workers with welfare facilities if the project is likely to go on for longer than 30 days or 500-person days. Pre-construction information prepared by the client should contain all suitable welfare arrangements well before the project begins.

If suitable welfare facilities are not prepared before the project is due to start, then this must be delayed to meet legal requirements. Welfare is an important part of your role as an employer. Not only is it a legal requirement but you can benefit from a well-rested and well looked after workforce.

Welfare Units

The law states that for appropriate employee welfare, employees need access to a number of basic things.

These include:

  • Drinking water
  • Running hot and cold water for hygiene
  • Toilets
  • A place to change into appropriate clothing
  • A place to rest

Once all of these boxes have been ticked, you can be sure that your project meets all the legal welfare requirements expected of you.

What are welfare facilities?

Welfare facilities are typically small to medium temporary dwelling close to where employees are working. There’s no set type of welfare facility, they simply need to be large enough to accommodate all the above needs and ensure there is adequate space for a number of employees that will be working on site.

A GRP enclosure with multiple rooms is usually the best option for a welfare facility. This is because GRP is lightweight, strong and easy to assemble and take apart, making it the perfect material for temporary rest facilities.

Every employee who is working on site must have:

  • Access to adequate toilet and washing facilities
  • A clean place for making and consuming food and drink
  • A place to store and dry personal clothing or protective equipment

If there are a number of teams working on a project, welfare housing should be placed at a central location, in close range to all workers. For larger areas, you may find that multiple welfare units are required.

Kingsley Plastics welfare facilities

Kingsley Plastics can provide any sector with highly suitable welfare facilities. Our welfare cabins and units are robust enough to withstand vandalism and terrorism to the latest BRE LPCB Level 2 rating and can be designed with a range of options.

From fully plumbed bathrooms and kitchens to the latest edition installed electrics and comfortable bedrooms, our top of the range welfare units tick every box required by law and go above and beyond what is necessary. A range of finishes such as simulated stone and brick are also available if this is legally required for aesthetic or environmental reasons.

No matter what your requirements, Kingsley Plastics can provide you with a custom built welfare unit for any size project.

Want to know more about our state of the art welfare units? Get in touch with one of our team members today.

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What are the Requirements for Accessible Welfare Units?

Remote welfare units are just one of the responsibilities of a contractor who is hiring out employees for remote work.

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The law states that welfare units must be provided to workers if a contract is longer than 30 days or 500 person days.

This requirement is essential to ensure the physical need of every worker is being met whilst they are away from their home. There are several things to consider when purchasing a welfare unit and the health and safety guidelines help to give contractors a better understanding of the minimum requirements that must be met.

Welfare Unit Toilets

The requirement for toilets is that they should be clean and sufficient for a person’s use. For health reasons they must be well ventilated, well-lit and washing facilities must either be in the same area or close by so that they may be easily accessed afterwards.

Welfare Unit Toilets

Drinking Water

This is an absolute must for any welfare unit. Clean drinking water is a strict legal requirement and failure to provide something so vital, may result in the proposed works or repairs being postponed or even cancelled. Cups to drink from are also required, unless the water can be easily accessed and consumed without one.

Washing facilities

Basic washing requirements suggest that water must be clean, accessible and sufficient enough to wash a person’s face, hands and forearms. However, for comfort purposes it is advisable to supply a shower inside. Both hot and cold water must be provided alongside soaps and drying facilities. Particularly dangerous or dirty work means that you must also provide some kind of decontamination area for your workforce.

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Facilities for rest

Seating areas and general areas for rest are also a requirement for your staff members. Comfortable seating with backs, communal tables, access to boiled water and meal arrangements are all legal necessities. If you are planning work during winter months, then some form of heating must also be available to keep workers warm.

Changing rooms/lockers

Changing rooms are mostly needed in welfare units when workers have to get into or out of specialist clothing for their job. If there is no other area suitable for changing, then this becomes a legal requirement. Alongside this, these rooms must provide all employees with a means of drying off and somewhere where their valuables will be safe from thieves or damage.

Welfare units can be customised to suit the specific needs of the job. Whether you wish to provide the basic requirements or put together a unit that has some added benefits, you can quickly and easily build a unit that’s right for your individual requirements.

To view examples of welfare units that can help you meet all your legal requirements visit:

http://www.kingsleyplastics.co.uk/case-studies/welfare-units.html