Welfare Unit Hire | On-Site Hygiene Essentials

Eco14 Welfare Unit Hot Water Washbasin

Keeping a hygienic worksite has never been more important. Not only is hygiene a crucial safety component, it is also vital for maintaining your reputation; instilling trust and confidence in employees; and creating a positive atmosphere on site. 

To achieve the necessary levels of hygiene, however, it is no longer enough simply to provide basic cleaning facilities. Instead, mobile welfare units and welfare vans are now an essential part of any safe, healthy worksite. We look at how Welfare Units improve hygiene on site.

How welfare unit improves hygiene on site

Welfare units are important for many things: wellbeing, comfort and team-morale building. But innovative welfare units like those that we provide at Welfare Hire also have numerous features built in to maximise hygiene on site.

1. Contactless handwashing

Handwashing on site is vital for hygiene: nearly 80% of illness causing germs are spread by hand. But most traditional washbasins require you to press the tap before you’ve washed your hands. 

Contactless handwashing removes that point of hand contact. This ensures that employees can wash their hands thoroughly whilst minimising the risk of spreading germs via the tap. 

What’s more, with an XL water tank of up to 340 litres onboard supplying between two and three separate large hand to elbow washbasins, there is plenty of on-demand hot water for frequent use.

2. Separate heating and drying systems

During the pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has gained increased attention – and for good reason. PPE is essential to site safety, but it also needs to be kept clean. 

Our welfare units feature separate heating and drying systems with an auto mode, which ensures that PPE continues to dry when left onsite – so it’s dry and ready to be worn at the start of the next shift.


Social distancing has changed our lives, and the uniquely designed XL space our welfare units provide – providing up to 40% more room internally – enables employees to rest and relax without risk of breaking protocol. However, space is not just important when resting or taking time out. 

That’s why our welfare units also feature uniquely designed dynamic spaces, including separate work and mess stations, XL seating and tables, dedicated large working offices, drying and changing rooms and up to two separate WCs with ceramic water-flush facilities. So employees can maintain a safe distance and ensure their hygiene is always of a high standard whilst optimising performance and wellbeing onsite.

With our 360 degree virtual tour, you can see the spaciousness for yourself:

Six Essential Safety Tips for Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms

Kelling Group Safety Tips For Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms

Projects within key infrastructure industries such as Telecoms and Utilities through to Power and Street Lighting require Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms (VMAPs) to reach heights safely. 

It’s absolutely vital to ensure everybody involved in these projects is safe, and that means following clear safety guidance when using Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms. 

Here are six essential tips to ensure you stay safe when using your access vehicle.

1. Check weather conditions

Weather can create unexpected risks when working from heights – in particular strong winds and heavy rain.  So you should carefully assess the weather conditions before operating Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms. 

2. Check the ground

Uneven, unstable or sloping ground can cause serious problems for vehicle mounted access platforms.  It’s important to carefully inspect the ground before beginning work, and make sure it is totally clear and secure.

3. Assess surroundings

From roads to overhead cables, there are a number of potential hazards to look out for in surrounding areas.  Before operating your access vehicle, ensure that the surrounding space is clear and safe to avoid accidents and distractions.

4. Factor in material weights

If you are installing materials, it’s important to factor the material’s weight into your safety assessments.  In some cases, you may need extra support to transport materials so as not to go over the safe working load of the vehicle.

5. Provide proper training

Operating Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms requires proper training. This should involve learning the safety risks, how to operate the vehicle properly, what safety equipment to wear and how to respond in emergency situations.

6. Daily inspections

Your maintenance schedule provided by Access Hire should be supplemented by daily vehicle inspections from drivers and operators of the vehicle you’ve hired, ensuring a smooth and safe experience and enabling you to carry out your work with confidence.

How Access Hire Helps

At Access Hire, we provide the UK’s largest and youngest fleet of Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms. 

As part of our market-leading service, we provide regular scheduled maintenance on every one of our vehicles, to ensure they are always kept in the best possible working condition.  

We proactively book in your servicing, maintenance and LOLER inspections to ensure the least disruption to your work and providing peace of mind that your vehicle is well maintained and safe to work.

Three Lessons COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Worksite Safety

Kelling Group COVID-19 Blog

Nothing could have prepared us for the last year: almost overnight, how we work and what safety means changed. And for those of us in the construction industry, the impact will surely be felt for years to come.

But with every challenge, there is opportunity. And while it will be a long time before we really understand the legacy of the pandemic, there is already so much we can learn from COVID-19 about worksite safety and how to develop more employee-friendly, productive sites. 

In this article, we’re going to explore three ways we believe the pandemic could produce meaningful change in the industry.

1. The power of space

During the pandemic, space has become a serious challenge for construction projects. Social distancing – combined with labour shortages – has caused a 7% decrease in productivity on site

Many businesses are looking to solve these problems with innovative mobile welfare units that can provide employees with the space they need. Products like our Eco14 unit provide not just extra space, but separate rooms to ensure distancing can be maintained. And this is a trend which we believe should continue long after the pandemic is over.
Ultimately, worksites of the future will be safer, happier and more productive places if they embrace wellbeing and space not just as benefits but necessary elements of a secure working environment.

2. Hygiene is about ease

Good hygiene may well be the single most important weapon against coronavirus and more generally against illness spreading onsite. During the pandemic, a new emphasis has been made to ensure sites stay clean and employees hygienic. 

Behavioural scientists have demonstrated that the best way to ensure people wash their hands and maintain good hygiene is to make doing so easy. And that means we need to ensure hygiene facilities are hospitable and simple to use. 

In our innovative welfare units, we ensure the hygiene facilities are state-of-the-art. They all feature additional WCs and handwashing basins to ensure hygiene is not just required – it is easy for employees to maintain. 

3. The importance of process

Maintaining social distancing and all the other vital elements of fighting a pandemic can be difficult. What we’ve learned is the only way to truly ensure necessary measures are followed at all times is to put clear, detailed processes in place – and follow them. 

When hiring welfare units and access vehicles, the handover process is an easy-to-overlook opportunity for germs to spread and protocols to be breached. And that’s why we’ve put in place clear processes to ensure every single unit, including VMAPs and pole erection units, are handed over in a safely-distanced manner and every vehicle and all welfare units are cleaned and sanitised as soon as they are returned. 

Ultimately, hiring welfare units and access vehicles throughout the pandemic has given us a new perspective on worksite safety that will carry forward with us. We believe, in the end, it will make the service we provide even safer, even more secure and even higher-quality than ever before.