Meal rooms at construction sites
This fact sheet outlines what is considered to be an appropriate floor space for meal rooms at construction sites.
WorkCover requires meal rooms at construction sites to provide at least one square metre of floor space for each person that may occupy the meal room at any particular time. The total space of the room includes those areas taken up by chairs, tables, refrigerator, sink and the like.
The Construction work code of practice recognises that meal rooms will vary from site to site, given the temporary nature of the workplace, but requires all meal rooms to be hygienic.
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires meal rooms to be clean, safe, accessible and in good working order. The design of these facilities must take into account:
- the size, location and nature of the workplace
- the work being carried out
- the workplace hazards.
Consult with affected workers when making decisions about their welfare and the adequacy of facilities.
Sample meal room
6.0 metres x 3.0 metres for a maximum 18 people at any one time.
For more information about meal rooms and workplace facilities, see the:
- Construction work code of practice
- Managing the work environment and facilities code of practice
- Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
Catalogue No. WC03960 WorkCover NSW 0415