Poor site sanitation creates problems. These problems can include contaminated potable water and supplies, spread of germs, unpleasant odors, and uninvited wildlife.
Tips for Safe Water
- Containers used to dispense drinking water shall be kept tightly closed and equipped with a tap.
- Water shall not be dipped from containers.
- Any container used to distribute drinking water shall be clearly marked as to the nature of its contents and not used for any other purpose.
- The use of a common drinking cup is prohibited.
- Where single service cups are supplied, both a sanitary container for the unused cups and a receptacle for disposing of the used cups shall be provided.
- All water containers used to furnish drinking water shall be thoroughly cleaned at least once each week or more often as conditions require.
Outlets for non-potable water, such as water for industrial or firefighting purposes only, shall be identified by signs meeting the requirements of WAC 296-155-140 to indicate clearly that the water is unsafe and is not be used for drinking, washing or cooking purposes.
There shall be no cross-connection, open or potential, between a system furnishing potable water, a system furnishing non-potable water, or a system furnishing wash water.
- Provide adequate number of garbage cans in work zones.
- Containers must have secured lids to keep out animals.
- Throw waste away in approved container.
- Follow proper restroom etiquette.
- Keep regular maintenance of portable toilets.
- Have adequate number of toilets; 1- 10 employees, 1 toilet, 11-25 employees; 2 toilets; 26-40 employees, 3 toilets; 41-60 employees, 4 toilets; 61-80 employees, 5 toilets; 61-80 employees, 6 toilets; over 80 employees must have one additional toilet for each additional twenty employees or any fraction thereof.
- On multi-story structures, toilets shall be furnished on every third floor and be located within 200 feet horizontally of all employees.
- If used, sufficient supply of clean wash water, proper temperature, sufficient supply of towels and cleansing agents
- A clean site is a happy site. Site cleanliness will help boost morale, especially on days when warm temperatures increases the odors.
|Number of Employees||Toilets Required|
|Over 80||One additional for each additional 20|
- Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
- Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
- Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.
Questions for Discussion
- What is your pet peeve for site sanitation?
- What additional things can we do to make sanitation better?