For many women, the stress of not knowing where to dispose of their female hygiene products is a sad and unfair reality. The taxing decision of whether to wrap it up and flush it down the toilet with the possibility of blocking the toilet’s pipes.
A sanitary pad should never be disposed of in the toilet and flushed down. It will absorb a lot of water and grow in size and once it is down the drainpipe it can cause a blockage. Ultimately this can affect the entire building’s drainage and potentially cause a drain outburst.
Though ensuring workplace bathrooms have a means of sanitary waste disposal is an Australian hygiene regulation, there are venues such as cafes, offices and soccer clubs that have no sanitary waste disposal at all. Sometimes it may be a male boss who has not considered this need for women. There is no shame in requesting better sanitation standards.
Here are a few examples of how you can ask your workplace to get or improve their sanitary waste disposal in a professional and non-awkward manner.
- You could say something like…
“Hey ‘name’. I noticed that the women’s bathroom doesn’t have a sanitary bin. Could we please get one?”
“Hey, I noticed that we don’t have a sanitary bin in the ladies’ room, who do I need to see to get one put in there? I just don’t want medical waste put in with the regular trash or it to be flushed down the toilet”
- If you potentially find that too embarrassing or nerve-racking to suggest in person, make the suggestion via email.
Some businesses can be hesitant to invest in good-quality sanitary bins, but they can make a huge difference to the overall cleanliness and safety of their washroom environment.
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