Regulation 21 of the Approved Code of Practice, in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, advises that:
"in the case of water closets used by women, suitable meansshould be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings "
“no items should be flushed that could cause a blockage within a drain or sewer”.
Legislation in this area has been introduced to protect both employees and the environment. It applies to all businesses evenif they only have one female employed.
Businesses not providing adequate washroom facilities and sanitary disposal for their employees could be prosecuted. They are also required under the Environment Act to dispose of all waste properly and failing to do this could also lead to prosecution.