Guidance on lockers and helpful tips on designing changing areas and providing storage solutions for staff and visitors updated for 2012.Â Lockers can now be supplied in the standard steel, mesh steel, perspex, Trespa, melamine, timber and stainless steel.
Guidance to Locker Room Design Important factors to consider (2012 Update)
- The size and configuration of the locker compartment will be determined by the items to be stored e.g. the need to hang garments,size of bags/holdalls,the storage of motor cycle helmets and footwear etc.
- Is there a need to store work wear separately from personal clothing if so then PPE or Clean/Dirty locker options are available.
- If hygiene is important consider a factory fitted sloping top option on lockers. This prevents an unwanted build up of dirt and debris and also encourages storage within the locker and not outside. locker stands can provide cleaning access to beneath the locker.
- Check floor surfaces are level, lockers are designed to be floor standing. To overcome uneven floors locker stands are supplied with adjustable feet.
- Will users be changing footwear?, it would be useful to offer free-standing benches or an integral seat and stand option.
- Is there a need to air damp clothing?, then consider lockers where garments can be hanged or opt for a compartment locker with perforated holes or mesh construction to increase air circulation.
- Type of lock required – key camlock, padlock type fitting, Â£1 coin or token return lock options available.
- Additional locker accessories e.g hanging rail, sloping top, number plates etc.
- Is there a need for locker compartments to be visually monitored. Perforated doors or the new Perspex doors allow inspection from outside the locker.
- Factors relating to the positioning and off-loading of lockers should be considered e.g. will labour be required. Nested lockers are more difficult to manoeuvre than single lockers though cheaper to purchase.
Metal lockers are not intended for use in damp or wet areas. Under the Workplace ( Health, Safety and Welfare regulations 1992 ) employers are required to provide suitable and sufficient accommodation for workwear and personal clothing. The Personal Protective Equipment at work regulations 1992 also require the provision of suitable storage to protect personal protective equipment from damage, contamination or loss.