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Workplace welfare arrangements (toilets, temperature and working space)

​Welfare arrangements required under the health and safety at work legislation, include toilet facilities, temperature and minimum space.

Number of toilets required in any workplace

As a general rule, the number of toilets required depends on the number of people expected to use them. 

Toilets and washbasins: mixed use (or women only)

Number of people at work  Number of toilets  Number of washbasins 
1 - 5 
6 - 25 
26 - 50 
51 - 75 
76 - 100 

Toilets: used by men only

Number of men at work  Number of toilets  Number of urinals 
1 - 15 
16 - 30 
31 - 45 
46 - 60 
61 - 75 
76 - 90 
91 - 100 

Toilets should be kept clean, well lit, ventilated and in good working order.

Maximum and minimum working temperatures

There are no specific references to minimum and maximum temperatures in Jersey health and safety legislation but as a general guide, the minimum should be 16 degrees centigrade (13 degrees centigrade if the work involves physical activity).

It should be reasonably comfortable throughout the workplace and employees should not be exposed to uncomfortable conditions for long periods of time.

Minimum work space entitlement

Your employer should ensure that each person has 11 cubic metres of space to work in. Any space above three metres from the floor should be discounted when calculating the area available.  11 cubic metres per person is a minimum and may be insufficient depending on the layout, contents and the nature of the work.

Construction sites

The relevant contractor must ensure that everyone who works on a construction site has access to adequate welfare facilities, including:

  • adequate toilet and washing facilities
  • hot and cold running water
  • drinking water
  • a rest room / area to sit, make drinks and eat food
  • somewhere to change, dry and store clothing and personal protective equipment.

The availability of welfare facilities, their location on site and regular maintenance must be considered and planned for before construction work starts.

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