If you build it, someone will need to use the bathroom before it’s finished. #Facts.

Anyone who has participated in a home renovation or construction project knows that these things often go over budget and over schedule despite everyone’s best intentions. And the reality of it is you or your contractors are often going to need a place to go to the restroom while the project is underway. That’s when renting a portable toilet is useful.

Portable restrooms are vital to construction sites. In fact, construction sites are where portable toilets first originated. Rumor has it that the first portable toilets were created for the shipbuilding industry. Although these first porta-potties were not nearly as lovely as the ones we have today, they allowed workers to work for more extended periods without the inconvenience of coming back to shore just to use the restroom. The same thinking goes for construction sites today. Having porta-potties on-site allows workers to be more productive without taking regular breaks for hygiene and sanitation purposes.

Portable Restroom Rentals for Home Construction and Renovations

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If you’re a homeowner thinking about a DIY renovation for your bathroom or even if you are considering hiring contractors, renting a porta potty is an absolute necessity. The convenience of having an accessible unit for you and your family while construction is underway is paramount to a smooth project. Sometimes homeowners try to save money by using a neighbor or friend’s bathroom, which is great except when your contractors need to use the bathroom too. Or what if your neighbor or friend isn’t home? Or the project goes longer than expected, and you overrun your welcome with your neighbor? We always recommend homeowners rent their own portable toilet unit to save on problems or project delays. And believe it or not, renting a portable toilet restroom is more affordable than you think.

Portable Restroom Rentals for Commercial Construction

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OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires construction companies to provide access to “adequate and readily accessible sanitation facilities.” Furthermore, OSHA states that companies must “establish and implement a schedule for servicing, cleaning, and supplying each facility to ensure it is maintained in a clean, sanitary, and serviceable condition.” This is where American Sanican really shines! We supply and service portable toilets at construction sites all over Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

It can be hard to know how many portable restrooms are needed at a given site. OSHA provides the following recommendations:

  • One toilet per gender for one to 15 employees
  • Two toilets per gender for 16 to 35 employees
  • Three toilets per gender for 36 to 55 employees
  • Four toilets per gender for 56 to 80 employees
  • Five toilets per gender for 81 to 110 employees
  • An additional toilet per gender for each 40 employees
  • After 200 employees, the number drops to one per 50

However, these recommendations may not be sufficient if you have employees on different shifts or working more than 40 hours per week. We would recommend giving a member of our friendly staff a call to discuss your working conditions and create a service schedule that allows you to be OSHA-compliant and keep your workers happy.

Hand Washing Stations for Construction Sites

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Whether your project is a small renovation are a larger build, we always recommend renting a few handwashing stations to your porta-potty rentals. Although hand sanitizer is excellent and efficient, workers sometimes need to wash their hands with soap and water, especially if they are dealing with any chemicals on the job. As the pandemic has taught us, there’s no substitute for good handwashing so consider adding a handwashing unit or two to your rental agreement.

We provide standard, ADA-compliant, and wheelchair-accessible portable restroom rentals to individuals and businesses throughout Portland and Salem, Oregon, and surrounding areas in Washington and Oregon. Contact us today to learn more about our different types of portable restroom rentals, or visit our portable restroom products page to learn more!