Monday 5 December 2016

Lack of staff toilets 'hitting small firms' bottom line'

Published 23/02/2016 | 00:06

Around one in five small businesses are not meeting legal requirements, leaving employees having to wait to use the toilet
Around one in five small businesses are not meeting legal requirements, leaving employees having to wait to use the toilet

One in five smaller companies do not provide enough toilets for staff, threatening the bottom line of their finances, according to a new study.

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Around one in five small businesses are not meeting legal requirements, leaving employees having to wait to use the loo, it was found.

A survey of 2,000 workers by Initial Washroom Hygiene showed that more than half regularly had to wait to use an office toilet, wasting an average of seven minutes a week.

The bog standard state of facilities is causing lost productivity, with some companies losing customers and clients, said the report.

Dr Peter Barratt, of Initial Washroom Hygiene, said: "It's essential for employers to provide their workers with sufficient numbers of toilet facilities, and to ensure that these are clean and well-presented.

"Failure to do so not only ignores their legal duty, but turns a blind eye to the effect that this can have on both employees and customers.

"A shabby, under-stocked or unavailable washroom can paint a business in a very bad light. The washroom is often the first and last place a customer will see when visiting your office, and as we all know, these first and last impressions count for a lot."

Any business with more than five employees must have at least two toilets available, increasing to a minimum of five for businesses of 76-100 staff.

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