Researchers are continuing to study barriers to bathroom access at work and how
restricted bathroom access can affect bladder health and work productivity. When people
get too few bathroom breaks, they may be at risk for urinary tract infections and
incontinence, as well as other bladder, bowel, and kidney problems. Limited bathroom
access may make it difficult for people with certain chronic diseases to take medications
that may result in the need to use the bathroom more often. Research shows that holding
a full bladder makes people hurry through their work and pay less attention - meaning
that workers distracted by a full bladder may be more likely to injure themselves
Although workers may assume that they will have access to bathrooms at work, many
workers in a wide range of industries and occupations say they cannot take the bathroom
breaks they need while working.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) discusses in it's
schience blog how employers can help workers to get the bathroom breaks they need.
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