OSHA: Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Recently, there has been a great deal of publicity regarding restroom accessibility for transgender workers. OSHA's Sanitation Standard, Section 1910.141 requires employers to provide employees with toilet facilities. Last year, OSHA issued "A Guide to Restroom Accessibility for Transgender Workers."

In this publication, OSHA takes the position that all employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. It won’t suffice to have transgender employees use a "unisex" restroom. OSHA's best practices recommend that employers have written policies to ensure that all employees, including transgender employees, have prompt access to appropriate sanitary facilities. Some states have more specific requirements than the federal regulations. TRSA members should check the laws of the states in which they operate to ensure compliance with restroom accessibility rules.

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