The quality of the workplace is also determined by the hygiene background. Keep toilets in mind when planning renovation.
05 / 12 / 2019
When renovating the offices, everyone imagines a wonderful reception, a well-tuned meeting room or a modern kitchen. However, the overall level of the workplace is also affected by the hygienic facilities such as toilets or bathrooms. What do the law say about it - and what thinks our architect?
There must be separate toilets if there are more than five employees in the company.
The basic legislative framework for the hygienic background of buildings is defined by Decree No. 268/2009 on technical requirements for constructions but you will find specific information in government regulation No. 361/2007 which stipulates the conditions for health protection at work. This regulation states, inter alia, that:
you can have one shared toilet in the workplace with up to five employees, then you have to separate them into women's and men's, the toilet can be a maximum of 120 meters away from the workplace, or 75 meters in case of difficult access (for example, when walking uphill or uneven surface),
the first 10 women and 10 men always need at least one toilet, then the requirements decrease with the increasing number of employees.
The regulation further states that the sanitary space must be at least 230 cm high and, if the area is larger than 30 m2, it must be at least 250 cm high.
Compliance with the requirements is supervised by the relevant hygienic station whose staff already approves the project documentation for the construction or reconstruction. It is therefore important to know and implement all the regulations already in the planning phase, so that you do not have to modify the premises expensively later.
Consider must be given to the employees, clients and the disabled people.
Legislative requirements are one thing, employee comfort is another. According to the above-mentioned government regulation, for example, it is enough for you to have only three toilets in a workplace where there are 100 men working. According to the regulation, the same number of toilets is enough for 50 women.
Although some people still believe that only the essentials must be used by employees' toilets, today's architects also think carefully about these spaces when designing their offices. The toilets are used not only by employees, but also for example by clients who come to your meeting.
"Nowadays, the design trend of sanitary facilities is large-area tiles, decorative squeegees, dim lighting, elements of greenery, fragrant fillings or, for example, built-in speakers playing relaxing music. To ensure privacy, we often also deal with the acoustics of toilets, for example with the help of damping washable materials," says architect Dipl.-Ing. Mirko Lev.
Architects or office owners should also consider people with reduced mobility, so barrier-free toilet designs are becoming more common today. It seems to be a small thing, but it will significantly help people with physical disabilities to join the work team.
Showers are a pleasant extra standard. However, progressive companies are well aware that toilets are only a minimum. Today's employees are increasingly commuting to work by bike, electric scooter or Segway. They appreciate it if they can also take a shower at work. Today, the above-standard hygienic background is an expression of a high corporate culture - for employees, clients and visitors who come to the company. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you pay the same attention to it as to any other room in the workplace.
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