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| Standard Number:||1926.51; 1926.51(c)(1)|
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Toilets at construction jobsites. (1) Toilets shall be provided for employees according to the following table:
|Number of employees||Minimum number of facilities|
|20 or less . . . .||1|
|20 or more . . . .||1 toilet seat and 1 urinal per 40 workers.|
|200 or more . . . .||1 toilet seat and 1 urinal per 50 workers.|
[T]he most basic meaning of 'provide' is 'make available.' See Webster's II New College Dictionary ('Webster'), 1995, defining 'provide' as 'to furnish; to make ready; to make available.' Toilets that take too long to get to are not 'available.' Similarly, one purpose of the requirement in Table D-1 that adequate numbers of toilets be provided for the size of the workforce is timely access to assure that employees will not have to wait in long lines to use those facilities. The most basic meaning of 'readily' as defined by Webster is 'promptly; willingly; easily;' and it furthermore defines 'ready' as 'prepared or available for service or action.'Similarly, toilets that are unsanitary are unusable and therefore are not "available." Consequently, a toilet is not "provided" under §1926.51(c)(1) if it is in an unsanitary condition.
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