The Health and Safety Executive has clarified regulations on the provision of welfare facilities during construction work.
It has published a new information sheet aimed at duty holders involved in construction work and replaces previous guidance contained in CIS46: Provision of Welfare Facilities at Transient Construction Sites and in CIS18: Provision of Welfare Facilities at Fixed Construction Sites.
The new information sheet gives guidance on the minimum welfare facilities that must be provided or made available to workers on construction sites, pointing out that construction workers need:
- adequate toilet and washing facilities
- a place to warm up and eat their food
- somewhere to store clothing.
The HSE said that these basic requirements are often neglected and the information sheet emphasises that a cold water tap and chemical toilet on their own are not adequate facilities.
It added that good facilities can positively benefit health and well-being and can help to prevent dermatitis.