Office toilet

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Strontium Dog, May 17, 2019.

  1. Strontium Dog

    Strontium Dog UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Seven of us (3m,4f) work from a small office. Its basically open plan, with a meeting room, kitchenette and toilet.

    We are not all in every day, but sometimes we are.

    There is only the one toilet cubicle and not really any way of installing another one given the floorplan etc.

    The location and size of office are great in every other way.

    Can H&S legislation close us down?!
     
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: Strontium Dog Member since: Dec 2, 2008
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  2. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Why would they close you?
     
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  3. Strontium Dog

    Strontium Dog UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Regulation 20, Sanitary conveniences.

    The Approved code of practice goes on to give minimum numbers of facilities:

    Number of toilets and washbasins for mixed use (or women only):

    Number of people at work Number of toilets
    1-5 1
    6-25 2
    26-50 3
    51-75 4
    76-100 5

    6-25 people seemingly require 2!
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2019
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: Strontium Dog Member since: Dec 2, 2008
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  4. kulture

    kulture UKBF Legend Staff Member

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    "approved code of practice" does not in itself mean mandatory.
     
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: kulture Member since: Aug 11, 2007
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  5. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    So one toilet for 12 people is OK. And one toilet for 19 people is OK. One between 7 appears to be workable. Unless you all get a touch of the DelBoys at the same time...
     
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  6. billmccallum1957

    billmccallum1957 UKBF Ace Full Member

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    If you are prosecuted for breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you have not followed the relevant provisions of the Code, a court will find you at fault, unless you can show that you have complied with the law in some other way.

    © Crown copyright 1992
     
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: billmccallum1957 Member since: Feb 11, 2016
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  7. OMGVape

    OMGVape UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Are any staff complaining?
     
    Posted: May 17, 2019 By: OMGVape Member since: Jan 21, 2018
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  8. obscure

    obscure UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Put a potty under every desk?
     
    Posted: May 18, 2019 at 1:24 AM By: obscure Member since: Jan 18, 2008
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  9. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    You can get chairs from some of the disability shops these days that include a commode.
     
    Posted: May 18, 2019 at 10:24 AM By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  10. CaveMoons

    CaveMoons UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    When I came to work for the company, we worked in the office with one toilet. Our team began to grow, and we moved to a new office, where now there are 2 toilets and a kitchenette with all the amenities)
     
    Posted: May 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM By: CaveMoons Member since: Apr 3, 2019
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  11. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Regular Free Member

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    facts can be found here
    http://www.welfareatwork.co.uk/rules-for-toilets-washing-facilities.html
     
    Posted: May 20, 2019 at 4:15 PM By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  12. paulears

    paulears UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    They also contain provision for not following these guidelines and interpretations if not practical. Like disabled facilities - you have to provide them unless you simply can't. At the end of the day, the legal beagle will consider how reasonable your decision was.
     
    Posted: May 20, 2019 at 6:59 PM By: paulears Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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