Welfare in Construction

This document explains the requirements for welfare facilities provision on construction sites, gives guidance on the interpretation of the standards and clarifies the basic expectations for compliance with Schedule 2 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) and provides guidance on enforcement. 


Welfare is a fundamental and basic necessity for workers. It is also required by law. Providing the right welfare standard sets the tone for a project and demonstrates a commitment to meeting workers' needs. The provision of toilets, a supply of hot and cold (or warm) water for washing, changing facilities, drinking water and somewhere to eat and rest is a basic expectation. Welfare facilities form an important control measure in their own right as well. They help protect workers against the risks from hazardous substances such as cement, lead or micro-organisms

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