is going to impact heavily upon staff facilities,
thus this issue needs to be carefully dealt with.
two main issues:
production rates steady.
- Keep the
factory a safe place to work in for all.
staff are serviced by a canteen to eat in, a
recreation area to relax and exercise in and toilet
and change room facilities.
will be unavailable for the entire refit and the
other areas will be unoperational for a period of
six weeks. To date, no other arrangements have been
implemented for these facilities during the refit.
builder specifications, it is apparent that the
staff facilities can be closed and reopened during
the early stages of the overall project. Thus, it is
possible to reduce the time without facilities to
three weeks of production time by starting the
project in those areas over January shut down.
remaining three weeks, there must be toilet
facilities available at all times. It has been
suggested that we share facilities with our
neighbouring businesses, but this is impractical and
unacceptable by OH&S standards. The hiring of
portable toilets is the only viable option.
following points need to be considered in arranging
this hired equipment:
staff on a rotating roster, there will be fewer
staff on site at any given time compared to normal
so not all toilets need to be replaced.
staff will need facilities available during the
January close down, even if we donít.
building works are common, so it may be best to
hire the toilets for longer than we anticipate
staff will have nowhere else to eat, obtain drinking
water, relax and so forth, it may be worth hiring a
marquee for the front lawn. This will provide a
sheltered area for staff to eat in and could contain
divisions to allow change areas as well. The
portable toilets should be located beside or within
the marquee so that staff can access all facilities
without having to face bad weather.
equipment and floor can be declared unavailable for
the three weeks as they are not as critical to staff
safety and well being.
also mean that no time allowances would be required
for staff to travel off site for lunch facilities.
Once the toilet and recreation areas are operational
again, the recreation area could become the
temporary canteen or the marquee could be retained
as a canteen and storage area.
temporary staff areas are established, safety
considerations such as fire and first aid equipment
must also be incorporated into the arrangements.
need to provide services for our staff despite the
works being carried out on the building.
could provide toilets as a minimum, the marquee will
serve to maintain current standards and keep staff
motivated to work during the changes. I recommend
having a marquee erected and toilets hired at the
end of January, ready for reopening of production.