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Construction Job Site Sanitation Requirements

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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 Requirements

OSHA 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
There are special rules for certain types of employees as well. For example, mobile workers must be provided with readily available transportation that allows prompt access (less than 10 minutes) to a restroom if the location they are working at doesn’t contain an available toilet. Additionally, OSHA recently published a Best Practices publication pertaining to transgender workers. You can visit OSHA’s Restrooms and Sanitation Requirements Overview page for additional resources and more specific details about its basic requirements.

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 Plans

State 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 Today

On 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.

Does Your Campsite Need New Porta Johns?

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Blog Sanitation

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 Maintain

One 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 Outhouses

Dealing 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 Site

Be 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!

How Often Do I Need My Construction Site Toilets to Be Pumped?

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Construction Sanitation

If you’re responsible for managing construction sites, odds are good that you’ve faced the unique challenge of providing your workers with clean and convenient spaces to use the restroom while they’re on the job. Of course, one of the best ways to address this problem is by ordering portable toilets. If you rent from a reputable provider, these units will be durable enough to withstand any harsh weather that strikes and come stocked with all of the sanitation resources your team will need. However, despite the incredible benefits that portable toilets bring to construction sites, they do have one major drawback compared to the standard bathrooms you find in homes: their limited capacity.  

Finding a Portable Toilet Provider Near Me

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Construction Sanitation Special Events Weddings

Planning an event, wedding or construction project involves finding a lot of vendors. Deciding on the right equipment providers can either make or break your project, so you may always be worried about picking the right one. Finding the right portable toilet vendor near you can also be a struggle.  

How to Prevent Porta Potty Tip Overs

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Sanitation Special Events

It doesn’t matter if you’re renting porta potties for a one-day event or you have them on your construction site long term; porta potties can definitely tip over. Now, this might sound like a living nightmare to most people, so taking proper steps to prevent porta potty tip overs should be something to consider.  

Do You Need to Contact Someone About Porta Potty Rental?

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Sanitation Special Events

Planning a wedding, conference, party, or any other social event forces you to answer a series of critical questions. How do you entertain all of your guests? How do you feed them? And, perhaps most importantly, are you providing them with enough convenient and pleasant places to use the bathroom? On Site specializes in helping event planners across the nation by renting out quality porta potties and portable bathroom trailers. It’s our goal to ensure that your guests are comfortable and happy, so today we’ll be teaching you how to determine whether or not you’ll need porta potties for your event.  

Top Uses for Portable Restroom Trailers

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Sanitation Special Events

Finding a portable restroom that perfectly suits your needs can be difficult. This is especially true when you’re organizing an event that requires high-quality or luxurious bathrooms. Fortunately, there is a special product you can rent that perfectly replicates the experience of using a bathroom at home: the portable restroom trailer.  

Where to Place Your Construction Porta Potties

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Construction Sanitation

Whether you’re new to the construction industry or you’re a seasoned veteran, deciding on placement of your jobsite porta potties requires some thought. There are so many factors that go into choosing where to place your construction porta potties. To help you out, we’ve compiled some handy rules of thumb to make the process easier.  

Accessorizing Ideas for Your Portable Bathrooms at a Wedding

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Sanitation Special Events Weddings

Porta potties are often judged as stinky places that are full of strange sights and smells. However, with the right accessories and decorations, there’s potential for these restrooms to become luxurious. The portable bathrooms that you’ll rent aren't going to experience the same traffic as those fixed inside of a stadium or a music festival. In your wedding, these porta potties will be plentiful, stylish, and smartly stocked.  

Fun Ways to Incorporate Porta Potties Into Your Event

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Planning Tools Sanitation Special Events Weddings

Porta potties are the perfect solution for social events hosted in places that do not have access to traditional plumbing. But despite how incredibly convenient they are, some may feel apprehensive about renting porta potties, fearful that they may be too tacky or unsightly for an event. Fortunately, there are many fun and creative ways to mitigate these issues and effectively incorporate porta potties into your events, festivals, weddings, and get-togethers.