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Nov13

Restrooms in the workplace

Is it required for a New Jersey employer to have a restroom in each seperate building that people work in. A few of us work in a finished garage type setting, and there is no restroom in this building. We have to walk across the sidewalk to the main building to go to the bathroom.

This will depend upon your specific situation, and you may need to contact the nearest OSHA office for a final decision. Employers are required to provide restrooms for workers. In some circumstances, where two work locations are nearby, the employer may provide restrooms only in one building. However, the employer still needs to provide the appropriate number of restrooms for the number of workers at both locations, combined.

For example, on a construction site, OSHA has sometimes allowed employers to provide restrooms where employees must cross the street to use the bathroom. This will depend in part upon the total time it takes to travel to the restroom.

Be aware that the solution here may be worse than the problem. If OSHA finds the company in violation, they will likely require that the company provide porta-potties onsite, at least until restrooms can be built. Then the employer would be justified in requiring employees to use the portable toilets.

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