Standards and regulations for the portable sanitation industry are numerous and different groups in both federal and local government can have multiple regulations that every company is expected to meet. Understanding the regulations and standards for the portable sanitation industry and who sets them is key to feeling confident that the provider you choose has a strong commitment to these regulations – and to protecting the health and safety of customers, employees, the environment, and the public. Here is a quick guide to the various industry standards for the portable sanitation industry.
ANSI Standards – ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute. ANSI sets standards for a variety of industries. In portable sanitation, ANSI standards cover the number and placement of units, number of handwashing stations, and related equipment.
ADA Requirements – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides guidance on what situations require a handicap-accessible unit, how many accessible units, and clear pathways to get to an accessible unit.
DOT Regulations – The Department of Transportation (DOT) is primarily involved in regulations regarding the transport of units and waste from units. These regulations include Hazmat or Hazardous Materials handling standards as well.
EPA Regulations – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency that sets the regulations about how sewage and waste is used and disposed of, as well as monitoring for adherence to pollution limitations.
OSHA Standards – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for the portable sanitation industry with regards to construction sites, labor camps, and fields.
This list provides just a quick look at the various government entities that have a hand in setting portable sanitation standards and regulations. At Powell’s Sanitation, we take regulations and standards very seriously because we care about the health and safety of our community and environment. When you choose us for your portable sanitation needs, you can be sure you’re choosing a provider that is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the highest standards set for our industry.