Site Project Managers: Are you following OSHA’s portable toilet requirements?

Published: January 6, 2023

Portable toilets should be easily accessible onsite and fully stocked with toilet paper. While hand sanitizer is not required, it is highly recommended to limit the spread of disease.

Workers should be able to reach a portable toilet unit within ten minutes, or less than a quarter-mile walk. Employers are required to let crew members leave the work site location to relieve themselves if no bathrooms are provided. Valuable time and money may be wasted by not providing an adequate number of port-a-potties on a job-site.

If the restrooms provided are a single use room, separate toilets for male and females are not required. Restroom units must be lockable from inside. Below are the OSHA portable toilet requirements for the number of employees onsite. This will keep units in a cleaner state and will save time by diminishing any lines for the bathroom.

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While OSHA does not have specific requirements on the number of cleanings that is required for a porta-potty on a jobsite, the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and the Portable Sanitation Association Int (PSAI) suggests 1x per week cleaning for 10 people or less, and 2x per week cleaning for 20 people or less using the same portable toilet (ANSI/PSAI Z4.3-2016)

If you are found violating the OSHA standards, your company is subject to intense fines as detailed in the OSHA Penalties. A first offense can cost up to $14,500 per violation. Repeated violations or failure to adjust can result in daily fees totaling $145,027 per violation. You will save your company significant time and money on the back end by planning ahead and providing adequate temporary portable toilets before a project begins.

Here at Porta Potty Dogs, we are dedicated to providing portable sanitation solutions and services that adhere to these national requirements. We understand the importance of providing high quality service to keep employees safe and satisfied to ensure your project stays on track. Give our team a call today for any further questions on OSHA site regulations and to set up reliable portable toilet service nationwide. We look forward to hearing from you!

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