by Erin Van Schepen 0 comments
No matter how many weddings, concerts, festivals or public gatherings you’ve organized in the past, accommodating a massive group of people is never easy. These large-scale events require special considerations to ensure that all of your guests have quick and easy access to key resources, including food, water, entertainment and, perhaps most importantly, sanitation facilities. On Site takes pride in providing high-quality and affordable sanitation solutions for hundreds of event planners across the Midwest every single year. Today, to assist you with the process of planning your next big event, we’ll be discussing the most effective way to prepare restrooms for large crowds.
Determining How Many Restrooms Your Event NeedsFirst and foremost, you need to figure out approximately how many bathrooms your event will need. There are many factors and variables that can influence the ideal number of restrooms for your event, including the length of the event, whether there are more women than men and whether alcohol will be served. Luckily, we’ve developed a special event portable restroom calculator to take most of them into account. This tool will give you a solid estimate of how many portable toilets you should pick up. We also recommend renting at least one enhanced access restroom to accommodate handicapped guests. You may need more depending on the size of the crowd you’re catering to. You should also consider procuring additional sanitation resources for your event to ensure that your guests can quickly and conveniently wash up and dispose of trash and waste. These will go a long way in keeping the venue clean and mitigating the spread of nasty germs and bugs. And if you choose the right provider to rent from, these extra supplies won’t cost you much. For example, On Site offers Instant Party Packages for special events. These vastly discounted combination deals contain a range of portable restrooms, hand washing stations and cardboard trash boxes to save you time and money.
Placing Portable Restrooms at Your Large EventObviously, we can’t give you exact information about where to arrange your sanitation units without knowing the specific details of your event, but we can give a few general tips and pieces of placement advice that will work for most gatherings. For example, it’s almost always a good idea to put a small cluster of restrooms near the entrance and exit of your event. That way, guests who are just arriving can relieve themselves or freshen up before heading in, and guests who are preparing to leave can use the facilities before embarking on the trip home. This strategy also familiarizes attendees with where they can find readily available toilets the second they walk through the entrance. Note: To guarantee that your guests will find your sanitation units in good time, we recommend that you place several arrow signs around your event as well. After all, it never hurts to clarify where the bathrooms are. When possible, we recommend that you strategically place your event restrooms near areas that will see the most traffic. This might sound obvious, but if your event features a ceremony, performance, act or area of interest that a high number of guests will attend, it’s imperative to put bathrooms nearby to maximize convenience. Otherwise, your attendees will be forced to choose between leaving on a five-minute jog to the facilities (and missing out on a key component of the event in the process) or suffering in silence for minutes (or hours) on end. Some event planners fear that putting their portable bathrooms in plain view will negatively affect the atmosphere and experience of the event, but that’s simply untrue. Even the most generic porta potties are perfectly sanitary and use special chemicals to neutralize unpleasant odor, so you won’t have to worry about an ill-placed unit tainting the space around it with nasty smells or germs. And if you’re concerned about the bland or “unclassy” appearance of your units, you can trick them out with flowers, artwork, trinkets, ribbons and any other decorations that match the look and feel of the venue. Put simply, you should always structure your restroom placement around convenience. If it takes any of your guests more than three or four minutes to reach a bathroom (from any given location in the venue), then odds are good that you’ve made a mistake.
Rent High-Quality Portable Restrooms from On Site TodayAt On Site, we’re fully committed to ensuring that every event we service is a resounding success. That’s why we assign an experienced customer service representative to each of our clients to assist them with choosing the perfect number of sanitation units to rent and deciding where to place them. We’ll deliver clean and sanitized units to your event, service them whenever you need us to and take care of the entire cleanup and pickup process, granting you peace of mind and the freedom to focus on all the other aspects of your event. If you’re interesting in renting comfortable and affordable restroom trailers or porta potties for your large event, then be sure to get a quote from On Site. We offer a phenomenal selection of portable restrooms and luxury restroom trailers for any type of special event. If you need a large number of sanitation units or just want to save money, we highly recommend our standard special event portable restrooms. These hardy and compact models come with all of the space and amenities needed for the average user. For more information on this product and many others, check out our Special Events page. Last but not least, if you have any questions about On Site or want more advice on how to provide sanitation resources for large groups of people, then don’t hesitate to call or message us today. We’d be more than happy to help you with anything you need.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is constantly updating and revising its standards, regulations and compliances for healthy working conditions, making it exceptionally difficult to ensure that your construction sites are up to code in terms of safety and sanitation. Furthermore, these regulations can differ significantly depending on which state you operate in, meaning that you may need to do even more digging to learn about the specific requirements in your area of the country. At On Site, we take pride in providing you with all of the information and resources you need to complete your construction jobs safely and in good time. So today, we’re going to bring you up to speed on construction job site sanitation requirements.
OSHA’s Basic Restroom and Sanitation RequirementsOSHA requires employers to provide all workers with sanitary and immediately available toilet facilities. This sanitation requirement exists to ensure that workers don’t suffer from adverse health effects that can occur if toilets aren’t available or are unsanitary. OSHA has also published several letters of interpretation that detail and describe how employers can provide prompt access to toilet facilities. These documents specify that employers must:
- Provide an adequate number of restrooms for the size of the workforce to prevent long lines
- Do not impose unreasonable restrictions on restroom use
- Ensure restrictions, such as locking doors or requiring workers to sign out a key, do not cause extended delays
- Allow workers to leave their work locations to use a restroom when needed
How Many Restrooms Does Your Construction Site Need?Unfortunately, OSHA doesn’t provide numbers or figures to specify the exact number of toilets your site will need. That’s because this figure will vary depending on the size and scope of the project and your workforce. However, we’ve created a construction site usage chart to help you pin down the number of toilets you’ll need to eliminate long lines and excessive waiting periods. As a general rule, you should pick up one restroom unit for every ten employees that are working at the site. After you’ve tallied up the number of workers you have, always round up to the nearest multiple of ten. (For example, if you have 34 employees, then round that number up to 40.) This step will ensure that you have a sufficient number of units for your workers, which will boost team morale, increase productivity and cut down on costs. Furthermore, there are several factors that influence how often employees may need to use the bathroom, including certain medications, fluid intake and even the temperature of the air, so it’s always a good idea to provide more toilets than you think you need to account for them.
OSHA’s State PlansState Plans are OSHA-approved job safety and health programs that are operated by individual states (as opposed to federal OSHA). These plans allow each state to develop and operate its own unique health, safety and sanitation programs and policies. As of now, 26 U.S. states or territories have incorporated OSHA-approved State Plans. It’s imperative to review the details of your state’s specific plan to learn about your area’s job site sanitation requirements. To do so, just head to this page, find the map at the bottom and click on your state of operation. Contact information for that state’s OSHA department and links to its specific State Plan will appear to the right of the map. If you’re having trouble finding your State Plan or need additional info or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to connect you with any resources you need.
Order High-Quality Portable Restrooms From On Site TodayOn Site can provide your organization with an extensive selection of quality and affordable porta potties and portable hand wash sinks for any type of construction job. One of our most popular construction rentals is the Standard Construction Portable Restroom, a solid and hardy unit that’s specifically designed to withstand day-to-day use and resist harsh weather conditions. We also offer a mobile version of this unit that’s affixed to a small trailer, making it ideal for road construction and other projects that are constantly on the move. For more information on these units and more, be sure to take a look at our full selection of Construction Restroom Rentals. Note: All On Site portable restrooms are delivered clean, sanitized and ready for immediate use. Finally, if you have any questions about construction sanitation requirements in your state or can’t decide on which portable units to rent for your project, then call or message us today. We look forward to working with you soon.
Nothing beats an outdoor wedding. The gentle warmth of sunshine, the fresh smell of cut grass, the peaceful sounds of nature, all of these elements combine to create a romantic and compelling atmosphere during your big day. You’ve already found a perfect outdoor venue (perhaps an apple orchard or a beautiful ranch out in the country) and sent out all of the invitations, and you’re in the process of ordering a set of porta potties. But where should you place these important sanitation facilities? Over the years, On Site has delivered thousands upon thousands of portable restrooms for special events (including weddings) all across the Midwest. To help you out with the confusing and stressful process of organizing your outdoor wedding, let’s discuss the best way to place porta potties at your venue.
Prioritize ConvenienceWhen arranging porta potties for weddings, some people argue that the best course of action is to move them as far away from the ceremony as possible in order to keep the guests focused on the festivities instead of the bright blue bathrooms. However, this strategy can make it incredibly difficult for your guests to use the bathroom and enjoy themselves (particularly if there are young children or elderly people in attendance). After all, it’s tough to celebrate when every restroom break involves a ten-minute walk. Always prioritize convenience when placing your porta potties. At most, it should take around three minutes for attendees to make it to a bathroom from any given location. Depending on the size of your venue, you might need to spread them out across the space, which might make you worry about unpleasant smells drifting around your event. However, as long as you rent from a reputable provider, all of your units will be delivered clean, sanitized and filled with special chemicals that break down waste and neutralize odor, so don’t let the unfounded fear of stinky porta potties influence your placement plan.
Choose Spaces That Help Your Porta Potties Blend inYou don’t want your porta potties to stick out like a sore thumb. These units need to be easy to find and access without distracting people or detracting from your wedding’s aesthetic. The secret to this delicate balance is strategic placement. If possible, we recommend placing your porta potties near plants or trees around the perimeter of your wedding. You can use these natural decorations to make your units blend with the environment. With a touch of creativity, you can also outfit your units with ribbons, flowers, artwork, candles and more to fit the look and theme of your wedding. Be sure to check online if you need additional inspiration to get started. Note: Always place bathroom signs (with arrows) around your wedding space. Trust us, your guests will appreciate the guidance.
Safety is KeyNothing will put a damper on your wedding faster than a tipped porta potty. If you choose to place your units on unstable, wet or angled ground, there’s a chance that they will partially sink into the ground, become unstable or tip over. That’s why it’s imperative to find spaces that are dry and level when arranging your porta potties. This important consideration will also prevent delivery and service trucks from becoming stuck. If you have the time, chat with a representative from the rental company you’re working with to ensure that your placement plan will make it easy for them to reach and handle the units. Note: Never hesitate to reach out to your provider if you need additional assistance with safe and convenient placement of your porta potties.
Order Portable Restrooms From On Site TodayNow that you have a solid understanding of how to place porta potties at your outdoor wedding, all you have to do is order some! Here at On Site, we take pride in providing effective and affordable sanitation solutions for weddings of any size and scope. We offer a wide range of portable restrooms, luxury restroom trailers and heating and cooling options for tents and non-climate controlled venues. One of our most popular wedding units is the Enhanced Access Restroom, a high-quality porta potty that features handrails and an interior turning radius to accommodate handicapped users. Be sure to check out our Special Events page to see all of our portable restrooms and learn more about our heavily discounted Instant Party Packages. Last but not least, if you have any questions about On Site or our services, then call or message us today.
The winter months can transform construction and renovation jobs into living nightmares. Cold weather bursts pipes, freezes the ground and makes it incredibly difficult to cure concrete. Worse yet, job sites that are too cold drop employee morale at breakneck speeds and can subject workers to a variety of health and safety issues. If your construction team has ever run into problems pertaining to freezing conditions or frozen ground, then it’s time to invest in a high-quality ground heater. At On Site, our number one priority is providing you with all of the resources you need to excel in your industry. That’s why we produce some of the most effective and affordable ground heaters and ground thaw blankets in existence. These ground heating solutions have a wide variety of applications and can make the process of working in cold weather significantly easier, safer and faster. To help you determine whether one of these products will work well for your job site, let’s talk about when your team should utilize ground heaters.
1. Thawing Frozen GroundIt’s almost impossible to dig holes or drive materials in frozen ground during landscaping projects without the use of powerful tools. Moreover, most specifications don’t allow construction teams to set concrete on frozen ground. Fortunately, picking up a large ground thaw heater will allow you to warm up massive portions of your site at once to mitigate this problem. On Site’s E1250 Hydronic Ground Thaw Heater is specifically designed to efficiently thaw frozen ground. This powerful unit can thaw up to 2,200 square feet of frozen ground (or 2,500 square feet of concrete) every single day. The E1250 is easy to set up, doesn’t produce noxious fumes and runs reliably for up to 90 hours. Its positive displacement pump offers consistent heat delivery for any and all of your ground thawing needs. Most importantly, this machine doesn’t require an enclosure to build, making it ideal for a wide variety of projects.
2. Curing ConcreteCuring concrete helps to retain moisture in the slab and delays drying shrinkage while the material hardens, allowing it to resist damage or cracking from shrinkage. Concrete is also significantly stronger, more durable and resistant to wear and tear when properly cured. In most cases, it takes concrete about seven days to become fully cured. During this period of time, the slab must be kept above a certain temperature range, and that’s no easy task when your site is being barraged by cold winds and snow all day and night. Fortunately, after thawing out the ground in preparation for concrete pouring, ground heaters can also be used to help cure the material by keeping it at an optimal temperature, saving your team precious time and money in the process. Many of our ground thawing machinery will work perfectly for curing concrete. On Site’s E1100 Hydronic Ground Thaw Heater is particularly effective for mid-sized concrete projects. This efficient unit can thaw up to 1,750 square feet of frozen ground in one day and runs for up to 115 hours. Best of all, the E1100 comes with 1,100 feet of hose, allowing for easy and flexible use for a range of projects and work environments. Note: If you’re looking to better disperse heat over a large area of concrete, we recommend pairing our machines with concrete curing blankets.
3. Providing Air HeatOne of the most important aspects of running a construction site during winter is ensuring that your workers stay safe and warm. After all, exposure to extreme cold can cause a host of incredibly dangerous (and sometimes fatal) injuries, including systemic hypothermia. Furthermore, your employees will be significantly more productive and say in good spirits if they have ample access to heated spaces. Luckily, many of On Site’s ground thaw units generate enough heat to keep the air around them at a comfortable level regardless of the weather, warming your team up for the duration of the work day. Our Pureheat Hydronic Air Heater provides ample amounts of heat for large structures and buildings, and it can also be used to remove excess moisture from the workspace. Moreover, the Pureheat is a phenomenally cost-effective machine, saving you up to 50 percent on fuel costs compared to traditional heating methods. This unit is very simple to operate and can efficiently cure concrete, thaw frozen ground or prevent frost when outfitted with a few key accessories (such as hose handling systems). The Pureheat requires no enclosure to build, doesn’t generate flames or noxious fumes and can be powered with multiple types of fuel (diesel, natural gas and propane), making it one of the safest and most versatile air and ground heaters in the industry. Note: If providing clean and dry heat to areas around your work area is a priority, then we highly recommend combining the Pureheat with our heat exchangers system.
Rent High-Quality Ground Heaters for Your Job Site TodayOn Site offers a massive selection of affordable ground thaw and concrete curing machines to match the specific scope and demands of your project. Be sure to check out our Hydronic Ground Heating page to see our full range of products. The success of your project is just as important to us as it is to you, so please don’t hesitate to call or message us if you want help with determining which machines and materials will work best for your team. You can also reach out to us if you have any additional questions about ground heaters or want more advice on how to quickly and safely complete your projects during the winter months. We’d be more than happy to supply you with any advice or resources you need.
It’s taking its sweet time, but the best weekend of the year is almost here. You already have all of the supplies and provisions you need for your annual camping trip, including a few (cases) of your favorite alcoholic beverages. The only thing you have to worry about now is finding a convenient and comfortable place for your family members to use the bathroom out there. Your old outhouse pit filled up towards the tail end of your last trip, and you have no interest in trying to empty it out or digging a new hole to place the unit on. What you need is a clean, efficient and affordable restroom that won’t force you to perform constant maintenance. At On Site, we’re committed to providing a wide range of portable toilets and sanitation facilities to meet your needs. We offer standard portable restrooms, hand wash stations, luxury restroom trailers, shower trailers and anything else your next camping adventure requires. To help you determine whether one of our high-quality sanitation solutions is right for you, let’s discuss the benefits of forgoing an outhouse in favor of a campsite porta potty.
Porta Potties Are Easier to Clean and MaintainOne of the worst parts about owning a campsite outhouse is the fact that you need to commit to either cleaning its waste pit out or digging new one every single time it fills up. Here’s a quick rundown on how each process works: Pit cleaning will usually take about two hours or so. You’ll need to remove the outhouse bench to gain access to its filled waste pit. From there, you’ll use a manual auger to dig into the waste and pull it up for easier access. Ideally, this process will take place several months after the outhouse was used last. Otherwise, working with its waste material will be significantly messier and more difficult. After cleaning out the pit, you'll place its old waste into a portable container and find a discreet place on the property to bury it. Only people with strong stomachs should attempt this smelly and intensely inconvenient task. Moving your outhouse is only a viable tactic if there are several areas on the property that can facilitate the unit. This process will require you to uproot your outhouse, dig a new waste pit in a new location and place the outhouse over it. Depending on how your outhouse was first installed, this process may take several days, a few helping hands and power tools to complete. Unlike outhouses, porta potties are incredibly easy to empty out and maintain. After its waste tank fills up, you’ll undo its locking hatch to remove it from the rest of the unit. From there, you can effortlessly transport the tank to a nearby campground restroom to flush its contents or dig a small waste storage hole. Just be sure to use a hose or faucet to clean out the container before slotting it back into the main porta potty unit. If you simply rented your porta potty for the duration of your trip from a reputable provider, they’ll send an experienced team to service the unit whenever you need it cleaned, allowing you to focus on enjoying your trip instead of fretting about bathroom maintenance.
Porta Potties Are More Sanitary Than OuthousesDealing with feces can be incredibly dangerous because it contains a host of harmful bacteria and germs. Consequently, it’s imperative to choose a campsite bathroom that will mitigate your exposure to human waste. Instead of digging through smelly waste pits and struggling to pack their contents into bags or wheelbarrows (potentially subjecting yourself to viruses and sickness in the process), we propose that you look into a simpler and more sanitary solution. When properly maintained, porta potties are exceptionally sanitary and clean. That’s because they utilize special chemicals that eliminate bacteria and break down waste. This key feature ensures that damaging microorganisms won’t spread to you or your camping companions. Moreover, porta potties use tank ventilation systems and odor-neutralizing chemicals to keep nasty smells at bay, making them significantly more comfortable to use than conventional outhouses.
Order Campsite Porta Potties From On SiteBe sure to get a quote from On Site today if you’re interested in picking up a high-quality portable restroom for your campsite. We pride ourselves in providing the cleanest and most affordable sanitation solutions on the market. And if you have any questions about our products or campsite bathrooms in general, then don’t hesitate to call or message us today!
It can be incredibly difficult to keep your construction site clean. After all, many of its spaces are under constant assault from sawdust, metal shavings, drywall or any other materials your crew is working with. And while each and every area of your site needs to be properly maintained to ensure safe and sanitary working conditions, it’s particularly important to keep a close eye on the condition of your sanitation facilities and toilets. That’s because clean hands and construction site bathrooms will protect your workers from the veritable tide of dangerous bacteria and germs that occupy your site, ensuring that they stay happy and in peak condition in the process. Here at On Site, we’re dedicated to keeping your construction sites as safe and sanitary as possible, so let’s take some time to discuss how you can keep your site up to code in terms of sanitation.
1. Hand-Washing StationsSoap and water are two critical resources your site will need to mitigate the spread of germs and sickness. If you neglect to set your workers up with some form of high-quality hand-washing station, they’ll be forced to work, use the bathroom and eat food without any opportunities to sufficiently clean their hands. Regrettably, depending on the condition of your project, you may not have access to a steady supply of fresh, clean water. However, there are ways to work around this issue. We recommend investing in portable hand-washing stations for your construction sites. These units can easily be placed near porta potties for quick and convenient use. If you’re looking for a specific model that’s both efficient and affordable, On Site offers rentals of our Construction Hand Wash Stations. These durable and clean sanitation units can provide your site with a large supply of clean water and come fully stocked with paper towels and soap. Furthermore, each model can facilitate over 600 separate washes while keeping its fresh water separated from wastewater.
2. Trash and Recycling ContainersIt’s almost impossible for your team to keep a site clean and sanitary if it doesn’t have convenient access to trash and recycling containers. Not providing enough of these containers or placing them in areas that are difficult to reach will prevent your workers from effectively disposing of the waste that they create. It’s also critically important to ensure that these containers are emptied regularly. After you’ve purchased or rented your containers, focus on strategically placing them throughout your site. Try to put at least one pair near each site entrance or exit. That way, workers who are just arriving or leaving at the end of the day will be able to toss out their garbage. It’s also a good idea to place recycling and trash containers in areas that see frequent traffic, including break areas where people take their lunch. If you’re not sure how many waste containers your specific site or team will require, then feel free to reach out to us for counsel.
3. High-Quality Portable RestroomsProviding and maintaining a sufficient number of clean and comfortable bathrooms will make it much easier for you to keep your site sanitary. Unfortunately, it can be tough to determine exactly how many toilets your team will need. As a general rule, you should supply one porta potty for every ten workers at your site. For example, if you have 24 workers on your team, you’ll want to rent three bathrooms. (You should always round your workers up to the nearest multiple of ten to guarantee that your site won’t be plagued by long bathroom lines). On Site can provide a wide variety of construction site bathrooms to meet your needs. We offer the best and most affordable sanitation solutions in the industry. Our most popular portable unit is the Standard Construction Portable Restroom. This model is made of sturdy materials that are specifically designed to withstand harsh conditions and day-to-day use. We also offer a Mobile Restroom (that can easily be hooked up to a small trailer) and Hook Unit Portable Restroom (that can be attached to a crane) if you need to frequently move your sanitation facilities to different areas around the site. All of our units are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before delivery to ensure that they are ready for immediate use. Most importantly, On Site is committed to providing exceptional customer service and support for all of our clients. We’ll deliver and place each unit you order, service them as often as you need us to and take care of the entire pickup process, allowing you to focus on running your site and managing your team.
Order Sanitation Facilities From On Site TodayAre you ready to rent a selection of quality sanitation facilities for your construction site? Then it’s time to get a quote from On Site. All you need to do is fill out some basic contact information, detail which and how many units you want to rent and give us directions to your work area. We’ll take care of the rest. Last but not least, if you have any questions about construction site requirements or want more advice on how to keep your construction site clean, then be sure to call or message us today. We’d be more than happy to provide you with any information or resources that you need.
On Site Companies Celebrates Red Nose Day 2016 to Raise Awareness for Children’s Needs Around the Globe
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I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on television or seen the billboards around town for Red Nose Day. The day culminates in a big television event featuring big names in entertainment on Thursday May 26th, 2016. Even though the message is everywhere, you may still have questions about what Red Nose Day exactly is and what they’re exactly raising money for.