Imagine being a baby. It may seem like paradise to be pampered day and night, without a care in the world, but we think babies sometimes have it tough.
Without the capacity to comprehend the world around you, the smallest discomfort can become the most profound problem anyone’s ever faced. Just imagine it – you need changing and you’re uncomfortable, you’re incapable of doing it yourself and your parents can’t find the appropriate baby changing facilities at the business they’re visiting to help you out. It must be like a bizarre form of torture! For that reason alone we feel the need to provide baby changing and nappy disposal facilities to those who require them, but there’s more to it than that. Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding baby changing facilities, and the answers every UK business needs to hear…
Why do I need a baby changing facility?
The UK’s population is growing rapidly, and that means a lot of infants. While your staff members are unlikely to bring their children into work your customers might, and they’re going to need somewhere they can change their children in comfort and safety.
Do all businesses need a baby changing facility?
Not all business will need to provide baby changing and nappy disposal facilities – you just need to use your common sense. If you run a gentleman’s club or a dangerous construction site, you’re unlikely to need such facilities; if you run a preschool or another such business, you certainly will. There are, of course, grey areas too.
What if I decide not to provide baby changing facilities?
No-one’s going to make you offer baby changing facilities and no laws solemnly state it, but you risk provoking the ire of your customers if you don’t. If you fail to provide baby changing facilities and one of your customers attempts to change their infant in your washroom anyway, the child’s safety could be put at risk, as could the sanitary conditions of your washroom – should anything go wrong, current legislation means that you’re likely to be the one to blame.
Where should the nappy waste go?
Nappy waste is classed as Offensive Waste, and therefore your business cannot simply put a general waste bin beside the changing facility. Although not generally harmful to human health, non-infectious wastes should be handled with a Duty of Care to the environment, health and safety. This includes the safe storage of waste in suitable containers and disposal using a licensed waste carrier.
So there are risks involved then?
Oh yes. Have you ever tried changing a child? They tend to wriggle and kick, so balancing an uncomfortable infant on the edge of a washroom sink is a recipe for disaster – you need a proper baby-changing table for that particular job. Soiled nappies are classed as ‘offensive waste’, too, and these fall under the remit of legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations. You have a legal requirement to deal with nappy disposal in a way that doesn’t threaten the environment or the health of your staff and customers.
And you can help me with all this?
We provide baby changing and nappy disposal services that are not only convenient for your customers but guaranteed to keep your business safe and compliant at all times. We can visit your business anywhere in the UK, fit your facilities quickly and efficiently and leave you with all the documentation required to ensure Duty of Care certification. If you want to know anything else about baby changing and nappy disposal services, contact us and we’d be more than happy to field your queries in person.