My company has just expanded and opened a new building next to the old one. My whole department moved into the new building.

This new building lacks (imo) good bathroom facilities. The toilet rolls are stacked on the floor, resulting in soggy rolls after the cleaners mop the floor. No towels, no handsoap and most important to me: no place to put used female hygiene products.

According to the office manager it's going to take another 3-4 weeks before we get all the products delivered.

I now have to walk to the other side of the building (a good 5 min walk) every time I need a sanitary bin. I find this highly annoying, not to mention a waste of my time and my boss' time. This is sometimes needed every hour.

What are my rights regarding to these kind of things? Can I 'demand' a sanitary bin and what if they refuse and make me wait?

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    Have you asked the company? Perhaps they are unaware. – Ed Heal Oct 11 '16 at 11:08
  • @Ed Heal, I have asked the office manager who said nothing could be changed about the delivery times and that I could use another bathroom. Which is in this case quite far away. – John Doe Oct 11 '16 at 11:16
  • I can only find UK regulation on it and it's not mandatory (Due to the keyword should): "In the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings". Someone will need to see if there is anything similar for the Netherlands – Draken Oct 11 '16 at 11:16
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    I looked it up, so if you want to rephrase this to just "Is my Dutch employer required to provide sanitary bins?" (which is on-topic), the answer is a flat no. Strategies for escalating the request is another on-topic question but "how do I get this done?" is something we can't answer as we don't know your company or the people involved. – Lilienthal Oct 11 '16 at 12:07
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    5 minutes stroll every hour is probably good for you... just saying – Kilisi Oct 11 '16 at 12:16

You do have access to the appropriate sanitary facilities, unfortunately these are 5 minutes away temporarily. This isn't something I would push (if I was a woman). You have already tried and failed to get something done.

It's not really a subject you'd want to be known for (I assume) in the workplace.

So I suggest you soldier on for the interim and think of the 5 minute stroll as a chance to stretch and get some mild exercise. To me this seems more useful to have a change of attitude about it rather than battle over it.

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    Sadly the 5 min stroll becomes a 15 min scroll; 5 mins there, few mins toilet, 5 mins back. That's 15 mins I'm not working every hour or so. If I wait longer I could have leakage problems and this means a 15 min stroll through the whole company with stains on my pants. – John Doe Oct 11 '16 at 12:56
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    Even better, take the 15 minutes, it's about how long smokers take an hour. You have the perfect pre-sanctioned excuse if your boss doesn't like it. – Kilisi Oct 11 '16 at 13:02
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    Yep, one does not wand to be known as "the pad protestor" or the "napkin natterer" or any other nickname for protesting a policy. – Old_Lamplighter Oct 11 '16 at 14:27
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    @JohnDoe I think the main point is that this is a temporary inconvenience and management has a reasonable timeline to fix it. If you need to take 15 minutes every hour then do so, but don't feel the need to stay late to compensate for lost time. If you really feel like you're losing too much time you could always use the nearer bathroom and keep things in a plastic baggy for later disposal. Not the most fun solution, but again, this is temporary. – David K Oct 11 '16 at 14:56
  • So, they get less work out of you for that period of time due to the problem they caused. So long as you aren't blamed for the time lost you don't have much of a gripe. – Loren Pechtel Oct 12 '16 at 3:49

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