Does my employer have to provide a toilet where I work?

Yes. Your employer needs to provide at least one toilet for your workplace, and separate toilets for men and women if there are workers of both sexes in your workplace.

The number of toilets provided is governed by this formula (calculated separately for men and women):

  • 1-5 workers = 1 toilet
  • 6-25 workers = 2 toilets
  • 26-50 workers = 3 toilets
  • 51-75 workers = 4 toilets
  • 76-100 workers = 5 toilets

If different toilets are only to be used by different groups of workers in your workplace (e.g. office workers and factory workers), the calculation needs to be done separately for each group.

If the toilets where you work are also used by members of the public, the number provided needs to be increased so that staff can use them without delay.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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