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Welfare Units: What Are They and What Do Firms Need To Know?

Welfare units are temporary blocks that provides essential amenities to workers on construction sites. By law, workers need adequate toilet and washing facilities, as well somewhere to warm up, rest, eat, and get changed. 

Some firms skimp on their duties and provide little more than a cold water tap and a chemical toilet. But proper welfare facilities are vital for the health and well-being of workers; they can also help to prevent lost days through ill health. 

What Do I Need to Know About Welfare Units?

If you’re hiring a welfare unit, careful planning beforehand can minimise disruption and keep things running smoothly. 

It’s initially useful to consider the nature of the work and how it will be carried out. For example, you might want to ensure adequate showering facilities if workers are dealing with very dirty or hazardous materials. This can include sewer maintenance and dusty demolition activities.

You’ll also need to consider the number of people on-site and the distance they’ll have to travel to reach the welfare facilities; as well as the schedule for cleaning and maintenance of the unit. This can affect where you place your unit and how many units you’ll need.

Lastly, you’ll need to plan how the welfare units will be moved on- or off-site. Ensure safe lifting practices and that you properly protect workers and vehicles in the case of a fall.

What Does Site Solutions Offer?

Site Solutions offers a range of strong and secure welfare units to service construction and building sites. Some units we provide are suitable for stacking and are accessible via a staircase. We also offer a variety of furniture, including tables and seating with backs. Other services include portable toilets and a range of storage units to suit any project. 

Find out more about what we have to offer, get in touch with one of our team.