Safe Going: The 4 Point Portable Toilet Survival Guide For Project Managers

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If you're using portable toilets for your construction project or event, you'll want to avoid any problems related to their location and use. You do have guidance from the government concerning the number of toilets to order for a worksite set up. For festivals, fairs and other special occasions, your portable toilet supplier will advise you on the number of units to order based on your event attendance. You should have no issue reserving the correct amount of toilets to ensure the comfort of workers or guests.

However, you may run into trouble if your event or worksite is located where severe weather is a factor. Your portable toilet service company will have safeguards in place for extreme weather situations. But there are 4 ways you can avoid portable toilet issues in between visits from the service technicians:

Point I: Keep It Cool

Even with deodorizing agents in the water and mounted on the walls, portable toilets can really smell when the weather is extremely hot. To avoid the worst odors, be sure units are properly ventilated and that nothing is blocking air flow. Make sure to remind users to close the seats between uses. Have units emptied more often in severely hot conditions.

Consider installing fan systems in units that are in extremely humid and sunny locations. If possible, situate units in shady areas, under tarps or in areas upwind of the crowd. Just be sure pumping trucks and other service vehicles can access the portable toilets.

Point II: Keep It Warm

Insulated portable toilets are available for remote winter locations. Some can be heated as well. Even the use of a light bulb or two can raise the temperature enough to be comfortable. Making sure doors and toilet lids are securely closed between uses will keep heat inside the units.

One horror of winter is frozen pipes. Generally, your service provider will run antifreeze, rock salt or other safe material through the water lines. You can help keep the portable toilets less prone to freezing by using hand sanitizer rather than soap and running water for hand-washing.

Situating the units inside portable buildings or under tarps is also an option as long as the service trucks can maneuver around the units. Snow may be a great insulator but it can bank around access points and hide units from snowplows and vehicles. Be sure to keep units clear of snow and spread salt on foot paths to the units.

Consider a heated toilet trailer in very frigid locations.

Point III: Keep it Insect Free

In some locations, there is not much you can do about swarms of gnats and other insects. Your supplier will keep the units clean, but bugs will enter when doors are opened.

Keeping doors and toilet lids tightly closed and promptly cleaning up interior spills will make the units less of an attractant. Spiders and some other insects like dark places, so hanging lights in the portable toilets may repel them. A system using a light and fan works for some units.

Locating portable toilets away from dumpsters and food preparation areas can also help avoid cross infestation. Consider hanging netting if insects are numerous enough to pose a health hazard.

Invisible pests such as human-attacking germs can cause even more problems than the bugs you can see, so have units pumped regularly. Also be sure there are no spills outside of units that can contaminate groundwater or infest places where humans might make contact with waste. Also ensure there are adequate handwashing supplies for optimum protection.

Point IV: Stay Upright

Precautions must be taken in wind-prone areas or under stormy conditions where high winds are expected. Portable toilets can tip over or blow away in high winds, so be sure units are secured if powerful gusts may be a factor in your location.

Usually units can be easily staked to the ground, or attached to each other on a common platform. Having a windbreak nearby or setting up portable toilets where they are sheltered by buildings is a good idea in windy locales.

Your portable toilets can also become magnets for bullies, so take precautions and consider locking units in smaller applications. For more help, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Pitton Portables.