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How many toilets should a workplace have?

14 March 2018

The relevant legislation is the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Regulation 20, Sanitary conveniences, states: Suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences shall be provided at readily accessible places.

Sanitary conveniences shall not be suitable unless - the rooms containing them are adequately ventilated and lit, they and the rooms containing them are kept in a clean and orderly condition and separate rooms containing conveniences are provided for men and women except where and so far as each convenience is in a separate room the door of which is capable of being secured from inside.

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

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

  • 1-5 People - 1 Toilet and 1 Washbasin
  • 6-25 People - 2 Toilets and 2 Washbasins
  • 26-50 People - 3 Toilets and 3 Washbasins
  • 51-75 People - 4 Toilets and 4 Washbasins
  • 76-100 People - 5 Toilets and 5 Washbasins

Toilets used by men only:

  • 1-15 Men - 1 Toilet and 1 Urinal 
  • 16-30 Men - 2 Toilets and 1 Urinal
  • 31-45 Men - 2 Toilets and 2 Urinals
  • 46-60 Men - 3 Toilets and 2 Urinals
  • 61-75 Men - 3 Toilets and 3 Urinals
  • 76-90 Men - 4 Toilets and 3 Urinals
  • 91-100 Men - 4 Toilets and 4 Urinals

 

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