Not many people are aware that washrooms in the workplace are governed by HSE regulations. Businesses are required by law to supply units and maintain washrooms to the highest standard for their staff.


The ‘Duty of Care’ Act requires correct management of all sanitary waste.

Waste disposal must only be carried out by waste carriers registered with the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. A full audit trail of documentation must be available at all times.


Failure to comply can lead to a large fine or a term of imprisonment.

Here are some excerpts from Reg 21 – Approved Code of Practice, Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992, Water By-Law 83 and Hazardous Waste Regulations (England and Wales) 2005. Plus the ways Calabash can help you comply with them:


 “In the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings”

Solution: Calabash feminine hygiene / sanitary bins


“Means should be taken to prevent odours from lingering in and from entering into other rooms”

Solution: Calabash air fresheners


“Washing facilities must include soap or other suitable means of cleaning”

Solution: Calabash soap dispensers


“Washing facilities must include towels or other suitable means of drying”

Solution: Calabash hand dryers


“Automatic device or method for regulating the periods during which the cistern or trough may fill.”

Solution: Calabash water management system


“Oblige waste producers to ensure that their waste is managed with care and concern for the environment”

Solution: Calabash clinical / nappy bins