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Planning a special event? Follow these links for important information concerning federal, state, and local safety and health regulations:

Federal

FEMA Hand Washing
ANSI Z-4.3

State

Colorado ICC Codes Adopted
Colorado Group Gathering

Local

Larimer County (permits/events)
Larimer County Event Guidelines: Toilet and Hand Washing Facilities
Larimer County Event Guidelines: Potable Water
Fort Collins Codes
Fort Collins Building Department Adoption IPC

Event Planning Tools

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University of Missouri Studies on Portable Sanitation

The following two studies go out of their way to stress the importance of providing adequate portable sanitation at events and worksites. The studies find that better portable toilets mean greater net cost savings at the end of the day. If you’re not yet convinced that spending a little more money upfront for quality portable sanitation service will save you money in the end, please browse through these pdf files-we think you’ll change your mind.

The University of Missouri studies conclude that the condition of portable toilets, which is clearly impacted by the ratio of units to users and by the quality and frequency of maintenance, has a direct correlation to how many people remain at an event or worksite over time. Through surveys and exit polls taken at events and worksites, the researchers provide a strong argument as to how investing in great portable sanitation is a cost-effective business choice.

The Use of Portable Sanitation Facilities at Public Gatherings. University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Summary: “Negative perceptions of portable sanitation facilities are extremely costly. Our data indicate clearly that nonusers do not stay as long as users and that people leave an event because of a reluctance to use the portable sanitation facilities.

While there is no obvious solution to this problem, three possible efforts to deal with it can be mentioned. The first effort is that of an industry-wide public relations campaign. Portable sanitation facilities are better than the public recognizes – this state of affairs need not be tolerated. Changing attitudes is not an easy matter but it appears that it is a task to which the industry must give its most careful attention.

The second concerns the insistence on the part of portable sanitation facilities operators that adequate numbers and service be provided at every event. Promoters must be made to realize the economic consequences of inadequate portable sanitation facilities. To accept minimum or inadequate provisions leads to the perceptions, on the part of promoters and the public alike, of portable sanitation facilities being a source of trouble. One unpleasant episode will provide a lasting impression for many people.

The third possibility is that of governmental regulations. Public health officials must be made to recognize the importance of adequate portable sanitation facilities provisions to public sanitation.”

Please contact PSAI (Portable Sanitation Association International) at 1-800-822-3020 for a complete copy of this report or for more information.

Provisions for Sanitation Facilities at Construction Sites (Adjusted to reflect 22 work days/month). 1998. University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Executive Summary:

1. Data collected at area construction sites show that contractors provide a minimum number of sanitation facilities necessary to meet basic needs. Because of the physical dispersion of workers and equipment, contractors can achieve net savings in costs by providing additional sanitation facilities in convenient locations.

2. Direct cost savings can be measured using four different methods:
a. Break-even time savings,
b. Break-even distance savings,
c. Net cost savings,
d. Savings as a percentage of costs.

3. Benefits provided by each additional facility generally decrease as the number of facilities on the work site increases. A break-even point can be determined beyond which additional facilities fail to provide sufficient benefits to justify their cost. Contractors tend to operate considerably below the break-even point. Obstacles on work sites and access for service should also be considered when determining the costs and benefits from additional units.

4. Facilities that are incorrectly placed on the work site will result in less than optimal benefits. Sanitation facilities are like all the other necessary work site equipment in that they must be made as available as possible. Each group of 7 or more workers should generally have a facility within 100 feet of the group’s central location.

5. An experiment on improving accessibility of facilities was conducted in which three work sites were given one free facility each. Average time savings required each day to pay the cost of the facility for the three work sites was 23.33 seconds for each worker using the facility. The average net cost savings provided by just the one facility was $13.86 per day. The average savings, as a percentage of costs the contractors would have received had they invested in the facility, was 623%.

6. Average direct benefits at the four types of construction sites studied are $14.24 per day in net cost savings (587% of the cost of the facility).

7. Indirect benefits also provided by additional facilities were:
a. Savings in workers’ break-time,
b. Cleaner and more sanitary work environments,
c. Greater comfort for workers on the job,
d. Cleaner facilities because of less use per unit.

8. Each of the work sites studied could benefit from additional facilities. This improvement can be accomplished by adding facilities until each group of 7 or more workers has a closely placed unit.”

Summary of Results (Note: all costs are in 1998 dollars)

These results are intended to cover the average direct and indirect benefits obtainable both by adding one well-placed facility at a home, high-rise and highway construction site and by having one well-placed facility at a utility work site.

The direct cost savings per day can also be used as an approximate value of a facility on a work site. For example, a high-rise construction site with eight facilities is getting approximately eight times $15.30 or $122.40 in cost savings per work shift. This type of approximation is only applicable within a range because the per unit benefits decease as the number of units on the work site increase. The average net cost savings for all four sites is $15 per day and the average savings as a percentage of costs is 600%.

Direct Benefits (1998 dollars)

Site Time Savings per worker required each day to pay for one facility Net Cost Savings per day provided by one facility Savings as a percent of costs
Home 22 Seconds $13.00 550%
High-rise 24 Seconds $15.00 740%
Highway 24 Seconds $14.00 590%
Utility 2 Minutes 20 Seconds $18.00 480%

The direct cost savings per day can also be used as an approximate value of a facility on a work site. For example, a high-rise construction site with eight facilities is getting approximately eight times $15.30 or $122.40 in cost savings per work shift. This type of approximation is only applicable within a range because the per unit benefits decease as the number of units on the work site increase. The average net cost savings for all four sites is $15 per day and the average savings as a percentage of costs is 600%.

Indirect Benefits

Four major indirect benefits can be realized by providing close and easily accessible sanitation facilities on work sites.

1. Saving workers valuable break time by eliminating wasted time either traveling to distant facilities or making other arrangements.

2. Cleaner work environments by workers using an easily accessible facility instead of making unsanitary arrangements.

3. Preventing workers from having to work in an uncomfortable state because an easily accessible facility has not been provided.

4. Cleaner facilities on work site. Adding facilities means less use per unit and given a certain service level per unit, all of the facilities on the work site will be cleaner. Actually realizing these direct and indirect benefits requires correct placement of facilities for ease of access by all workers. Each group of 7 or more workers on the site should have at least one facility placed within 100 feet of its central location.

Please contact PSAI (Portable Sanitation Association International) at 1-800-822-3020 for a complete copy of this report or for more information.

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