N.L. Hydro needs female washrooms

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Construction at 60 sites to cost $250,000 in first year, if approved

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has asked the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to approve its spending $250,000 in the coming year to begin adding female washrooms to 60 facilities.

In its capital budget application for 2013, filed with the PUB in August, Hydro states it will add the washrooms over the next 15 years, but needs to do so because the sites currently only have a single washroom.

“With the increasing presence of female employees in what was once considered to be non-traditional roles, Hydro is seeing more females working and/or visiting field operating facilities,” states an addition to the budget submission detailing the proposed spending.

“With this changing dynamic comes the requirement to provide separate female washroom facilities to support workplace inclusion and diversity.”

Female washrooms are also a requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

“Given that the existing facilities contain single washrooms, the alternative of installing privacy locksets and affixing unisex signage on the washroom doorways was considered. Consultations with the provincial Occupational Health and Safety enforcement officers have deemed this to be an unacceptable solution,” Hydro’s application states.

“The regulations state that separate facilities and therefore the provision of additional washroom space is required.”

The facilities requiring new washrooms include diesel plants, hydroelectric plants, and terminal station control buildings.

The PUB is currently reviewing Hydro’s proposed construction and upkeep work for 2013 and will ultimately decide whether or not the spending for the work is appropriate.


Organizations: Public Utilities Board, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

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  • Abu Simbal
    September 04, 2012 - 12:40

    Judging from the comments here, it appears that Newfoundlanders are a rather snide lot! The article says that female washrooms are required by Occupational Health and Safety. If the washrooms were not present in the past (since there were no women lineman etc) then they are apparently required now.

    • political correct police
      September 04, 2012 - 14:51

      not linesman....linesperson

  • DRPH
    September 04, 2012 - 12:23

    The answer is Unisex Washrooms.

  • California Pete from NFLD
    September 04, 2012 - 12:12

    I have a solution to correct the whole thing in a flash. Change the signs to Female Washrooms and let the Males use the trees outside like the Dogs do.

  • Cyril Rogers
    September 04, 2012 - 11:12

    They need the approval of the PUB for this???? No wonder the affairs of the province are so screwed up. This goes beyond ludicrous!

  • Derrick
    September 04, 2012 - 10:58

    Better check the other requests, are we going to be asked to fund the employee pension plan like the NS PUB was asked by NSP due to poor investment returns ? Good question for the reporters to check out.

  • Ronnie Biggs
    September 04, 2012 - 10:22

    Old Boys Club - what do ya expect eh? Not surprised . What a clique

  • Bernie
    September 04, 2012 - 10:18

    LOL...Hilarious...here is a cheap solution. Change the signs afterall we are all equal

  • newfie away
    September 04, 2012 - 10:00

    its 2012, not 1912. get with the program hydro or bring back the outhouse. its little wonder why my home province of newfoundland/labrador is so screwed up.

  • Jack
    September 04, 2012 - 09:59

    15 years and regulatory approval just to build Women's washrooms? Either Nalcor is sexist or just being plain lazy. Secondly, is it just me or is Newfoundland and Labrador sounding like Greece as you now need approval to build women's washrooms? C'mon Newfoundland and Labrador, this is not Greece.

    • Concerned Citizen
      September 04, 2012 - 12:12

      Jack, please read the article correctly - Nalcor are the ones applying to the PUB to have the female washrooms installed in places where they have only one. They cannot just go and spend the money but first must have approval from the PUB to spend this money - our money. Nalcor is not sexist nor lazy - completely the opposite - if you were to read the article properly.

  • Bernie
    September 04, 2012 - 09:55

    LOL...Hilarious...here is a cheap solution. Change the signs afterall we are all equal