Mobile Welfare Units are now a Legal Requirement
December 5, 2021
Mobile Welfare Units, Heavy & Small Plant, Tools & Equipment, Groundhog Cabins, Croydon
Mobile welfare units are a welcome addition to any workplace whatever time of the year, but particularly in the colder months. They offer much appreciated relaxation space, as well as a facility to attend to physical needs. Construction site workers have always had difficulty when it comes to finding a place to have a relaxing break or use the toilet. This can have several negative consequences such as fatigued workers being less productive. In colder weather, prolonged exposure to low temperatures can hamper the ability to use hands effectively.
Being able to access an indoor area means you can thaw out, enjoy a warm drink, and recharge batteries. High quality welfare units [sometimes called groundhog cabins], allow workers to warm up, dry off or change out of wet clothes. If you have ever worked outside during cold and wet weather for even a short amount of time, you will know why these units are essential.
Provision of welfare facilities during construction work is now a legal requirement, and one that site managers are responsible for. The latest guidelines published by the Health & Safety Executive [HSE] stress that the measures advised are now the ‘minimum requirements’. It points out that construction workers must have adequate toilet and
washing facilities, along with somewhere comfortable to warm up and eat their food. Ensuring these basic needs are met may seem obvious, but they have consistently been neglected.
Providing the necessary facilities will benefit health and wellbeing, as well as preventing conditions such as dermatitis. Persistent work in freezing conditions can cause frostbite, chilblains, aching joints and numerous other problems. Businesses are required to take care of their employees physical needs, and the provision of welfare units is a positive step. There have been many instances where companies have been taken to court for not providing adequate welfare facilities, one recently being fined £300 and ordered to pay full costs of £3,851.06. These units can be hired at affordable prices from reputable plant hire companies such as Rhinos Plant Hire. When planning your building project in Croydon, consider hiring welfare units by Boss Cabins from Rhinos.