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Sanitation and personal hygiene requirements for non-residential facilities

Owners of particular types of premises are required to provide sufficient and suitable sanitary fixtures such as toilets, hand basins, baths or showers, laundry facilities, kitchen sinks or such other provisions as are necessary to maintain sanitation and personal hygiene.

The Code of Practice for the Provision of Facilities for Sanitation and Personal Hygiene (PDF 47KB) has been developed to assist the relevant authorities charged with the administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, to ensure sufficient facilities are available for the maintenance of adequate standards of sanitation and personal hygiene within their area.

The Code is applicable to all premises developed before or after the commencement of the South Australian Public Health Act.

General requirements

General sanitation and personal hygiene requirements include:

  • the number of facilities
  • plumbing and drainage
  • floors, walls, partitions and ceilings
  • lighting
  • ventilation
  • disposal of sewage, effluent and greywater (sullage)
  • alternate toilet facilities – reduced requirements

For detailed information on each of the requirements, see Section 3 of the Code (PDF 47KB)

When providing facilities for the public it is recommended that vandal-resistant easily cleaned and maintained materials and fittings be provided which will withstand frequent use.

Additional requirements for non-residential premises

Section 4 of the Code (PDF 47KB) looks at the additional requirements that non-residential premises are required to comply with.These additional requirements include:

  • hand drying facilities
  • external showers
  • infant care facilities
  • facilities for the disabled
  • maintenance and cleaning
  • solid waste disposal.

Non-residential premises include, but are not limited to the following:

  • shopping centres
  • bus depots
  • restaurants
  • commercial buildings
  • stand-alone toilet blocks .

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