Mobility and Operations

Access to bathrooms

As a women that works in a field that requires me to work on the road 5 days a week 40 hours a week, and sometimes more, its very hard sometimes to use the bathroom when on the road, especially with the virus going around, most businesses are not allowing their customer's use the bathroom, AND during winter operations, some places are closed.

if someone is working 20 to 45 minutes from their yard, it could be time consuming to get to the bathroom if you are on an important job that requires safety and you cant leave , makes it hard to have to hold it that long, and even harder when a female is going through her cycle, they need access to a bathroom at all times.

its not as easy as a male to go to the bathroom.

I watched this show uncover boss for waste management that had a lot of female's in the field where they drove the truck, the CEO ended up putting portable toilets in the cab of the truck that pulls out , that if they ever needed to use it they had access to it, and the employee would have to dump it at the end of their shift into a toilet and clean and sanitize it and put it back, and the CEO even bought some portable ones that each female employee would have to bring on their own, so they had their own personal one that they would be able to use in the truck.

so my idea is , if the dot can look into something like this to make more access to bathrooms, not only for women but for all employees that work in a field that isn't the office and more on the road, like out wonderful road crew.

Idea Submitted by Rebekkah Richards

List your Agency /Division / Bureau, County, City Univ. or Other NJ DOT , Rockaway

Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) NJDOT

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

this is a priority because , when working on the road, its 80% time if very hard or takes time to even get to the bathroom when it need.

Makes it easier for women to have access when needed.

Benefits:

this would be able to put more workers on the road actually working, then having to drive from the work place on the road, to the yard, then drive back, wasting time that could be spent working on the road.

this would also factor out health issues of holding it for a long time, especially when out don't have any truck to drive you back to the yard or if you are out doing safety, MORE EYES ON THE ROAD THE BETTER

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