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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Two Precautions You Should Take to Prevent Sanitation Problems During a Construction Project

by Regina Barnett

Working in unsanitary conditions can put construction workers at risk of illness. As such, if you are planning to carry out a construction project, it's vital to take certain precautions to prevent sanitation problems from arising. Here are two such precautions.

Create a cleaning rota for the portaloos

Whilst the toilets you rent from the portaloo hire company will be clean when they are delivered to the building site, they will quickly become unsanitary if you fail to properly maintain them.

After a single day of regular use by multiple people, the toilet inside the portaloo may end up covered in a variety of potentially dangerous forms of bacteria, including salmonella, E.coli and norovirus.

If a construction worker who uses this portaloo gets one of these pathogens on their hands and then proceeds to consume some food, they could become seriously ill, to the point where they need to take several days off work or have to be hospitalised.

As such, it is extremely important to make sure that the portaloos you rent for your construction project remain in hygienic condition.

The best way to do this is to set up a cleaning rota and assign a specific person to sanitise the toilets every day. Bactericidal and fungicidal cleaning products should be used for this task.

The site manager should then inspect the portaloos at the end of each workday, to ensure that the assigned individual did a satisfactory job of cleaning them. If they did not, the portaloos should not be used again until the toilets have been properly sanitised.

Prevent pathogens from coming into contact with workers' skin

The building materials that workers use during a construction project are often left outdoors for extended periods of time. Because of this, there is a risk that rodents may have walked or slept on them. This, in turn, means that these materials could have trace amounts of rat urine and droppings on their surfaces.

It can be extremely dangerous for a person to touch objects that have rodent excretions on their surfaces, particularly if they do so with their bare hands, as both rat urine and droppings can contain transmissible pathogens (such as leptospirosis, for example) which, if they enter a person's bloodstream via a cut or graze on their skin, could make them extremely ill.

As such, it is crucial to minimise the risk of construction workers coming into contact with materials that could be contaminated with these pathogens.

The simplest way to do this is to provide workers with gloves to protect the exposed skin on their hands and arms. These gloves should be quite long and should be made from a strong, waterproof material that will not tear or allow moisture to seep in.