Using a Portable Toilet Safely

Line of public toilets on roadside

Using a Portable Toilet Safely


Everybody knows what a portable toilet looks like; not many people know the possible safety issues with using these toilets. In fact, you may even be surprised at some of the issues.

Portable Toilet Safety Issues

There are several possible problems with safety when using portable toilets, and they’re anything but obvious:

· Siting your portable toilets. This can be a serious issue. Have you ever seen a portable toilet sited in a sort of swamp of clay after rain? It’s pretty common, and the problems include the safety of the portable toilet footing, how it sits on the ground, and whether or not it will stay properly positioned.  

· Access to the portable toilets. The other very common issue is putting portable toilets in some hard to access place. This may not sound like much of a crisis, but as any site manager will tell you, anywhere on a site which is hard to access is a possible safety issue.  A remote, out of the way place can be particularly difficult for people with disabilities to access, and if the access point is slippery when wet, it’s an access problem for everyone else, too.

· Waste removal.  Under normal circumstances, modern portable toilets are very hygienic. If the waste isn’t removed, however, it’s possible for them to become offensive. A serious smell issue is a possible sign of trouble. The portable toilet should receive scheduled waste removal and a simple clean on a regular basis.


Selecting Portable Toilets

You wouldn’t think selecting the right portable toilet was any kind of safety issue, but it can be.

A few pointers:

· Always choose good modern portable toilets. Old style portable toilets are truly lousy portable toilets. They tend to be, to put it politely, horrible. They’re also usually pretty primitive, not very pleasant to use, and can be liabilities in terms of the siting issues above. Modern portable toilets don’t fall over, don’t flood, don’t break down, and don’t create instant hygiene and smell issues with any change in the weather.

· Your portable toilet should have a good strong base. Stability and sitting on a solid surface are essential. Choose a toilet which is obviously solid and stable.

· Check for good interior hygiene: Modern toilets have wash basins and other amenities.  This is good basic hygiene, and may even be specifically required by approving authorities for public events.

· Make sure you check for mains connections:  Good portable toilets can be directly linked to water mains and sewer connections. There simply shouldn’t be any problems in this regard. If you don’t have mains connections, ask your service provider about alternative options.


Ask Smartskip

Smartskip is your all-round portable toilet service provider in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. Contact us on 13 75 47 and ask one of our experts for any help you need with portable toilets, hire skips, fencing, or other onsite needs. You can also contact us online after hours and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.