Winter Guidelines for Portable Toilets on your Construction Site

Just because the cold weather’s here doesn’t mean your construction projects are going to stop. When the temperature dips, getting your work done quickly and efficiently is a primary concern but you also need to see to the comfort and safety of your workers.

portable toilet unit covered with snow

By law, construction sites in Ontario are required to supply one restroom for every 15 workers with hot and cold running water for washing hands. Employers must also provide facilities that are heated in the winter, if possible.

Pitton Plumbing understands these conditions and can supply you with units that meet all of these rules and guidelines. Our self-contained units are perfect for projects on construction sites and will allow you to follow all of the Ministry of Labour’s regulations regarding sanitation. We also offer Double Self-Contained Units, which provide two separate washrooms which can be labelled for men and women’s separate usage.

Our self-contained units include the following, making them ideal for winter use and provides a comfortable experience for your employees:

  • Heaters
  • Interior lighting
  • Hot and cold running water
  • Continuous power ventilation
  • Soap, tissue and paper towels

If at all possible, place your portable restrooms somewhere indoors to protect them, and most importantly your workers, from the elements of the season.

Guidelines for Outdoor Construction Site Set-up

If an indoor location isn’t possible, here are some guidelines to follow when placing portable toilets for construction sites outdoors in the winter. Our units are made of a durable, heavy-gauge steel exterior, so you can be confident they will hold up in the winter elements and construction site or yard atmosphere.

  • Keep them clean
    Weekly servicing and cleaning helps prevent the tank from freezing. Luckily for you, weekly service is included with all of our portable restroom rentals.
  • Stay warm
    Make sure your portable units stay warm by installing heaters, if they’re not already supplied. You can also place them in direct sunlight to take advantage of some free solar power the natural way.
  • Keep out of the snow
    To keep them as accessible as possible, avoid putting units in a place where the snow will naturally drift or where snowplows will push the snow.
  • Easy access
    Put portable toilets somewhere that’s easy for service trucks to access. Try to place them near a paved road.
  • Stay out of the wind
    Place your units next to a wall or building to shield them from strong winds. Heavy winds can blow the unit over and wind chill can make the inside of a portable toilet even colder than usual.
  • Avoid employee falls
    Place salt around the entrance of the restroom to make sure that your employees don’t slip and hurt themselves. The salt also prevents the units from freezing to the ground.

Request a Free Quote!

If your construction projects are continuing over the winter, a portable toilet will help your workers remain comfortable and allow them to work efficiently. For all rentals and service of portable toilets for construction sites, call Pitton Plumbing Portable Sanitation today. Or, request a free quote online!

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