Restrooms in the Workplace Requirements

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires employers to provide all workers with clean and readily accessible toilet facilities. OSHA has given a few guidelines for what employers should provide when it comes to toilet facilities.

  • The number of restrooms should be adequate for the number of employees (no long or unreasonable waits).
  • Employers should not impose unreasonable restrictions on restroom use
  • Restrictions should not cause delays in using the toilet facilities.
  • Workers should be allowed to leave their workplace to use the restroom.
  • Toilet facilities should be reasonably located and easily accessible.
In 2015 OSHA released a best practices guide about Restroom Access for Transgender Workers. OSHA also provides guidelines for Restroom Access for Women in the Workplace and General Toilet Facility Guidelines.


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