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Toolbox Talk: Site Sanitation

By March 16, 2020 April 7th, 2023 No Comments

Construction job sites create a unique need for sanitation plans for workers and site visitors since permanent facilities are usually not present. 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

Non-Potable Water

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.

Site Cleanliness

  • Provide adequate number of garbage cans in work zones
  • Containers must have secured lids to keep out animals

Wash Water

  • Provide clean, tepid wash water, between 70 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, at all construction sites. You may use bottled water for this purpose.
  • Provide individual hand towels. You must provide both a sanitary container for the unused towels and a receptacle for disposal of used towels
  • You must provide hand soap, industrial hand cleaner or similar cleansing agent
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds

Portable Toilets

  • Throw waste away in approved container
  • Follow proper restroom etiquette
  • Keep adequate regular maintenance of portable toilets
  • On multi-story structures, toilets shall be furnished on every third floor (with in three levels) 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.
  • Where there are 20 or more employees consisting of both sexes, you must provide facilities for each sex.
  • Must provide internal latches to secure the units form inadvertent entry. Female unit must also have an external lock.

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