What legislation do you need to know?

What You Need to Know About The Law!

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

These regulations cover the provision of the following washrooms facilities:

Regulations 21

" in the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings".

"... means should be taken to prevent odours from lingering in and from entering other rooms"

"... means include soap or other suitable means of cleaning"

"... means include ... suitable means of drying"

Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a legal "duty of care" upon companies to ensure that all waste produced at their premises is correctly managed right up to the point of final disposal.

The Water Industries Act 1991

"No item should be flushed that could cause a blockage within a sewer or a drain"

Water By-Law 83

This states that every pipe that supplies water to flushing system providing water to a trough or urinal should be fitted with

"a shut-off device controlled by a time switch"


"some other equally effective automatic device for regulating the periods when the cistern ... may fill"

Male Healthcare - Regulations

Laws protecting against disabilities and discrimination are on the rise, leaving many employers in new territory. Incontinence is on the rise, and it's an issue facing both men and women. While once easily manageable at home, older workers are finding it to be an increasingly embarrassing and real problem.


Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992

“Suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences shall be provided at readily accessible places”.


Equality Act 2010

Employers must also consider making any ‘reasonable adjustments’ needed in order to enable people suffering from incontinence to work. Many people with bladder and bowel problems are covered by the Act. 


Greenworks Washrooms are pleased to provide this information and advise you on the provision of suitable facilities to help you to ensure that your premises comply with these requirements. However this information highlights only certain specific areas and you should consult the relevant legislation in full to identify your full responsibilities.


Regulations and laws change frequently and Greenworks Washrooms cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in this information.