The owners and managers of farming operations face tough decisions on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, the decisions that involve money often are the most difficult to make. In the case of Good Agricultural Practices, one dilemma is centered on portable toilets and sinks, and whether sanitation equipment should be rented or purchased.
An examination of both the short-term and long-term needs of the operation is required to make a decision. On the one hand, renting gives you the convenience of getting portable toilets and sinks only when you need them. It also puts the responsibility of pumping, cleaning, and maintenance on the rental company.
On the other hand, purchasing your own portable sanitation equipment could actually save you money in the long run. The costs of renting season after season add up faster than you’d expect so if you foresee a long-term need for units, you can make up the difference fairly quickly. When you purchase quality, warrantied equipment, you eliminate the hassle of constantly communicating with the rental company for pick-ups and deliveries and also save money by avoiding costly insurance fees. Purchasing equipment doesn’t necessarily mean added responsibility for the owner. Many rental companies will service units they don’t own. Simply call the companies in your area to find out the services they offer and their prices.
As a purchaser, you’re going to want to get the most bang for your buck. So what kind of unit is the best investment? Since most operations have large work areas or multiple fields, easy portability is of the upmost importance since a GAP requirement is to provide workers with nearby toilet and handwashing stations at all times. An all-in-one solution is a trailer unit.
Trailer units offer maximum portability and simplicity. A typical unit, like the one offered by SINKSNMORE, includes everything you need — toilet, sink, soap dispenser and paper towel dispenser — on a trailer that you can tow with a vehicle wherever workers go. Trailers that allow the unit to be lowered to ground level are desirable because of easy access and because it saves you time since you don’t have to unload and then reload the unit. A removable towing tongue offers safety (no trip hazard) and security. As with any farm equipment, look for features that maximize durability like galvanized steel to resist rusting and tires that can stand up to use on both off-road and paved surfaces.
Trailer units also come in handy when it comes time to pump. The trailer makes it easy to place the unit in a location that is easily accessible to the pumping truck. The challenge of moving the toilet/sink to an area free of debris or obstacles is a thing of the past.
Learn more about SINKSNMORE’s GAP Compliant Trailer Unit or visit AgSinksTB.com to address other GAP concerns by downloading a FREE copy of GAP Compliance Made Easy or requesting FREE Toilet & Handwashing Compliance Signs.
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