Do We Need to Provide Feminine Waste Disposal?

Feminine waste disposal can be a bit of a grey area for businesses which are open to the public, as well as small and large workplaces. Do you need to have a certain number of female employees in order to provide a sanitary bin? If you only have unisex washrooms do you need to provide any sort of feminine waste disposal? It’s important that all business owners and employers understand the law on waste disposal and their legal obligations in regards to the workplace regulations.

Did you know that it has actually been the law since 1992 that all cubicles used by women need to have a suitable method for disposing of sanitary waste?

The Independent Washroom Services Association displays information about UK washroom legislation, including Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Environment Protection Act 1990.

In terms of the Workplace Regulations Act, employers are advised to ensure:

Sanitary disposal – water closets used by women should provide suitable means for the disposal of sanitary dressings.

There are also other guidelines relating to the washroom:

  • Toilet roll holders or dispensers
  • Soap dispensers
  • Air ventilation
  • Hand drying facilities

What is a sanitary disposal unit?

A feminine hygiene unit or ‘sanibin’ is a safe and hygienic unit provided for women to dispose of sanitary items. It is essential for wellbeing and is safe to use as most have a hands-free operating system. There needs to be one in every single ladies cubicle, disabled toilet and unisex toilet.

Sanitary waste disposal

Owners of commercial buildings also need to manage how sanitary waste is disposed – following the Environment Protection Act 1990. It is a legal requirement to comply with the duty of care act, relating to the management and disposal of controlled waste (which includes sanitary waste). Businesses need to ensure the waste is managed in a controlled manner until the point of disposal – so you should hire a controlled waste carrier.

So in almost all cases, you will have to provide one or more feminine hygiene units. Not only does this show your employees you care about their health and wellbeing, but it will prevent sanitary items being flushed down the toilet which could cause further problems.

If you need any help deciding which sanitary disposal units you require, give our friendly team a call.