Construction sites are essential for creating the buildings and infrastructure we use
every day. However, they can also take a significant toll on the environment. The good news is that
there are ways to make construction sites more sustainable, and welfare facilities can play a vital
role in achieving this goal. In this blog, we will explore how welfare facilities can contribute to
the green building site.
Welfare facilities are present on most construction sites, and are a legal requirement.
They provide workers with the necessary amenities to keep them safe, healthy and comfortable. These
facilities include toilets, showers, canteens, rest areas, offices and storage for personal protective
equipment. They are designed to meet the needs of workers who spend long hours on these sites.
The environmental benefits of welfare facilities
Construction sites are notorious for their environmental impact. They generate
significant amounts of waste, use large amounts of energy and water, and contribute to air and noise
pollution. However, welfare facilities can help to mitigate these impacts in several ways.
Firstly, welfare facilities can help to reduce waste. Construction
sites generate a lot of waste, including packaging, food waste and human waste. Welfare facilities can
provide recycling facilities for workers to dispose of their waste correctly. By segregating waste and
recycling as much as possible, the amount of waste sent to landfill can be reduced.
Secondly, welfare cabins can help to reduce energy and water
consumption. Construction sites require a lot of energy to power tools and machinery, as well as to
heat and light welfare facilities. By installing energy-efficient lighting, heating and water systems,
welfare facilities can help to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Water-efficient taps and showers can also help to reduce water consumption and save on bills.
Thirdly, welfare units can help to improve air and noise quality.
Construction sites can generate a lot of dust, fumes and noise, which can be harmful to workers and
nearby residents. Welfare facilities can provide clean and safe areas for workers to rest and eat,
away from the noise and dust of the construction site. Air filtration systems can be installed to
remove pollutants from the air, and noise barriers can be used to reduce noise pollution.
Additionally, environmentally-friendly welfare cabins that use
renewable energy sources can be independent from diesel generators, which have been a standard power
source for construction sites until recently.
Finally, site welfare facilities can help to promote sustainable
behaviour. By providing all the necessary amenities for workers to carry-out their routines in
comfort, well designed welfare cabins can facilitate recycling, cleanliness and environmentally
conscious behaviours on construction sites.
The necessity for site offices rarely comes into question for certain projects: construction and
infrastructure projects in remote areas usually require an onsite hub for work to be coordinated. In
these cases site offices may appear in different configurations: as meeting rooms for team
coordination, as admin or personnel offices or a point for engineering or logistics work to be carried
It's also common to see welfare cabins used as sales offices on housing estate
construction projects, or as mobile showrooms for fairs and events. Temporary site offices can greatly
benefit a project by providing:
- We'll begin with the most basic welfare facility, the toilets. On any construction
site, it is essential that workers have access to clean, well-maintained and hygienic toilets. These
may come in the form of portable toilets or on-site facilities that are properly plumbed in. The
number of toilets required will depend on the number of workers on the site and should always meet
the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines. The HSE recommends a minimum of one toilet for
every seven workers, but additional facilities may be necessary based on the site's location,
project duration and other factors.
- The second construction site welfare facility on the checklist is handwashing
facilities. Workers on construction sites come into contact with a range of hazardous materials, and
it is important to ensure that they have access to proper handwashing facilities to prevent the
spread of illness and disease. Handwashing facilities should include running water, soap and paper
towels, and should be located near toilet facilities.
- Next on the welfare checklist is the rest area. Workers on construction sites often
have physically demanding jobs and it is important to provide them with a designated space to rest,
eat and take a break. This rest area should include seating, tables and a covered area to protect
workers from the elements. Additionally, it should be well ventilated and properly lit. The rest
area should be positioned in a convenient location, away from any hazards and easily accessible to
- The fourth facility is a drinking water supply. Workers on construction sites need
access to clean, fresh water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Employers must provide an adequate
supply of drinking water, which should be regularly replenished, and be easily accessible to all
workers. Drinking water should be provided in clean, disposable cups, and the water source should be
regularly tested to ensure its quality.
- The fifth facility is the first aid room. Despite taking all necessary precautions,
accidents can still happen on construction sites, so it is important to provide a designated first
aid room. The first aid room should be equipped with basic first aid equipment such as bandages,
antiseptics and other medical supplies. In addition, there should be a qualified first-aider present
at all times, who is trained to respond to emergencies and injuries.
- Lastly, we have the site office. The site office may vary in function, providing a
range of administrative and management functions including site inductions, risk assessments and
project planning. The site office should be located in a central position on the site, and be
accessible to all workers.
Environmentally-friendly welfare unit hire with Welfare 4 Hire
At Welfare 4 Hire, we are committed to providing sustainable welfare facilities for
construction sites across the UK. Our welfare cabins are designed to meet the needs of workers while
also reducing the environmental impact of construction sites. Our cabins are constructed with durable,
high-quality, sustainable materials and include a great number of features and options that lower
energy consumption and help reduce their carbon footprint, contributing towards a greener building
Eco-friendly units from Welfare 4Hire
Welfare 4 Hire's range of eco-friendly welfare units comes with a range of benefits,
- Unbeatable prices
- Modern mobile welfare units, equipped with Ecosmart technology
- Long and short hire terms
- HSE regulation compliance on all products in our range
- Easy to tow or move units that can be ready to use in just 45 seconds
- A robust, galvanised steel construction for safety and security
- Quick nationwide delivery
Find out more about our eco-friendly welfare units
Construction sites will always have an impact on the environment, but by taking a
sustainable approach, we can minimise this impact. Eco-friendly welfare facilities can help to
mitigate environmental damage by reducing a project's carbon footprint and by offering an environment
that promotes sustainable practices.
If you're looking for a welfare cabin hire company that can provide you with the latest
in eco-friendly solutions, speak to our team today. Our regularly updated fleet is equipped with the
latest technology, designed to promote a greener building site. Our hire rates and quick delivery set
us apart from the competition. Contact us today on 020 3846 1111 and find
out more about our mobile welfare facility hire services.