Garic Logo
Close this search box.
Close this search box.

Your complete mobile welfare unit guide – Welfare facilities checklist

Not sure which mobile welfare is right for your job? Read this handy guide which gives guidance on the differences in units.


The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (known as the CDM regulations) outline specific legislative requirements concerning welfare within the construction industry. It is a legal requirement for management to provide their staff with easily accessible welfare facilities on-site.

Legalities aside, the happiness and comfort of the team are equally important to maintain a positive working environment. Our comprehensive range of mobile welfare facilities we have available to hire provide all amenities that are required on-site.

As a minimum, offerings should include sanitary and washing, drinking water, an adequate resting place and somewhere suitable to eat. Here is the HSE’s guidance on welfare provisions checklist to refer to.

Onsite facilities for workers should include;

  • Toilet facilities
  • Washing facilities
  • Water
  • Changing room/lockers
  • Rest areas

The importance of welfare facilities

The HSE’s Provision of welfare facilities states that access to adequate welfare provisions does contribute to the overall well-being of workers and carries many health benefits, both physical and mental. 
If workers are unhappy with the facilities provided, it will inevitably lead to low staff retention. The average staff turnover rate across all industries is 15% however, this figure jumps notably higher for the construction industry at 21.4%. A high staff turnover not only has a negative impact on time management and cost, but it could also present as problematic for the dynamics of the remaining team.

Fuelling welfare for your site

As one of the UK’s leading site facility providers, Garic ticks all the boxes with a wide variety of welfare units that provide comfort and amenities, with the mobile range as no exception. 

The portability of Garic’s mobile welfare facilities means that they can be positioned anywhere at a moment’s notice to accommodate workers on the move. Highway and railway maintenance is amongst the perfect candidates to use mobile welfare facilities as it requires flexibility of movement to several locations on the road and trackside.  

Amongst the mobile welfare units on offer, the most popular choices include the Armadillo mobile units and Garic’s famous welfare vans. Putting sustainability at the forefront, Garic provides eco versions of their mobile welfare facilities, perfect for those environmentally focused sites. 

Armadillo welfare units

Available in a range of sizes, Armadillo mobile welfare units are the perfect addition to any site. These practical, easy to move units provide all the comfort and convenience of a static welfare cabin but with the added towable bonus. Designed to become static once on site, the Armadillo can be ready for use right away! 

Including private WC facilities, a canteen area and drying/changing space, the Armadillo range complies with all basic welfare guidelines. Complete with running hot and cold water, LED lighting, a seating area and a microwave, there really is no compromise on comfort. 

The Armadillo

Available in 4 sizes, There really is a unit to suit any site. The traditional Armadillo unit can accommodate up to 6 people and provides all of the above amenities. 

The Armadillo XL + Eco 4.0

The Armadillo XL+ Eco 4.0 carries the same solar powered, sustainable welfare facilities of the Eco 4.0,  just on a bigger scale. Complete with an office area and canteen seating for up to 10 people, this towable unit is developed to reduce emissions by up to 80%.

Check me out!

Armadillo Eco & Eco XL

Aside from our Eco 4.0 units, we also offer the Armadillo Eco and the Armadillo Eco XL. These units provide unrivalled comfort and convenience and are environmentally focused using solar-power that can be backed up by a 12v generator that stops and starts as required.

Sustainable Welfare Units

The Armadillo XL + 2

Our largest mobile welfare unit to hire, the Armadillo XL+2 consists of the same facilities that its smaller counterparts offer,  but with additional office space, male and female toilet areas and canteen seating for up to 10 people. 

Amongst the Armadillo welfare units, you will find our eco-friendly versions. The Armadillo Eco 4.0 is the latest addition to our eco Armadillo family and consists of the expected facilities including a private WC and drying room. To ensure there is always sufficient 12v power, The Armadillo Eco 4.0 comes with an automatic, HVO-ready stage 5 generator and is completely solar powered. 

Welfare vans

The Garic welfare van is undoubtedly a great way to provide the required welfare facilities to any construction site with the flexibility to be on the move when needed. 

With space for up to 7 workers, a private WC, a canteen area with instant hot water and a microwave as standard, hiring a welfare van provides everything needed to ensure workers are comfortable and content whilst on the job. 

Similar to the welfare units, we also offer more eco friendly options to hire in our fleet of welfare vans. The hybrid models run solely from solar panel energy whilst stationary, meaning that the engine does not need to be running to access facilities. Mitigating carbon reduction and saving on running costs, choosing Hybrid is an option worth thinking about. 

Hybrid 2.0 Welfare Van

Our hybrid 2.0 van brings ultimate comfort whilst seeking to be environmentally friendly with being HVO compatible, reducing your scope 1 emissions. With premium telematics as standard, you will have access to data such as fuel efficiency, driver behaviours and much more. This hybrid model is specifically designed to create a larger space whilst ensuring there is no compromise on facilities.  

Hire me!

Welfare Facilities on Site - Your Checklist

Hybrid Welfare Van

Another eco-friendly option to consider is the traditional Hybrid welfare van. Incorporating the latest hybrid technology that works to improve welfare, the environment and safety on site, this is a fantastic option for environmentally focused sites. 

With over 30 years of experience, Garic constantly develops its welfare facilities, ensuring they bring the latest product innovations and provide cost saving, eco alternatives without compromising on quality.  

Find out more about the range of mobile welfare facilities to hire here.

Intelligent Site Planning for Every Sector

Garic’s intelligent online site planning tool helps you deliver successful projects by quickly and reliably planning all of the equipment your site will need, from welfare units and wheel washers, to power generators and lighting. We’ll even advise on maintenance and specify fuel saving and eco-friendly options to help you hit your sustainability targets.