Tips for Maintaining Proper Construction Hygiene

Good construction site hygiene practices are necessary from the planning stages of a job to the final cleanup. These practices entail, proper sanitation for workers, clean water, containment for spills, silt and debris, and refuse control.

Proper sanitation

A good rule of thumb to follow is one toilet for every twenty persons who work daily on a site. This guideline may be different in your city or state, so you may need to make adjustments. Having proper sanitation and restroom facilities is a basic need and will boost worker morale, not to mention keep things moving on the site.

Clean water

Water used in the construction process should be clean and without chemical containments. There should be a source of fresh water available to employees wherever possible.

Spill cleanup

There are many different materials on a site that when spilled could cause problems for those surrounding the site as well as neighbors. Workers should be instructed and have regular refresher training on spill control and clean up. When the clean up is complete, there should be a lidded metal receptacle to collect oily rags, etc. These are flammable and should be disposed of away from potential sparks or sources of heat.

Silt cleanup

When ground is disturbed, the loose top layers are more likely to be washed away with running water. This silt and sediment then can drain through the inlet drains and enter the community’s waste water. These systems are designed to handle sedimentary runoff that occurs naturally, but are not able to handle a large amount of silt that can be washed away during a construction project. Adequate storage or filtering of this silt should be provided using filters, fences or ditches on the site.