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.
The law states that for appropriate employee welfare, employees need access to a number of basic things.
- Drinking water
- Running hot and cold water for hygiene
- 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.