This section is from the "Modern Machine Shop Construction, Equipment, And Management" book, by Oscar E. Perrigo. Also see Amazon: Modern Machine Shop Construction, Equipment, And Management.
The wash room is located in one of the outer corners of the foundry proper, as shown in Fig. 115, and has adjoining it the water-closets, and next to these the lockers for the use of the employees. The water-closets should be so arranged as to be flushed automatically, and a continual supply of running water be provided for the urinals. The washing sinks are of cast iron and arranged with an individual supply of water from a pipe running along above them. One of these sinks is shown in perspective in Fig. 121. By this method of water supply each man may have clean water, and still the expense of separate wash bowls is avoided. The plentiful supply of fresh water is nearly always appreciated by the men, although the author once knew of a shop in which a similar arrangement for their cleanliness was made and the men refused to use it, preferring to wash in the common pool of not over-clean water in which all the rest of the force did the same. It has been said that " there is no accounting for taste," and this may be a case in point. Certain it is that the well-meant efforts of shop owners and managers are not always appreciated by the employees.
Fig. 121. Cast iron Washing Sinks, with Individual Supply of Water.
The lockers are of expanded metal, and are of the usual dimensions for such use, that is, 12 inches deep, 18 inches wide, and 72 inches high. The width might be decreased to 15 inches and still provide ample room. They are placed in rows facing each other, with the two rows in the center back to back, for economy of space. In the plan just described it will be noticed that the lockers, the wash room and the water-closets are each separated from the other. In some respects this is not as convenient as it will be to have the lockers arranged in the wash room. Such a plan is shown in Fig. 122. The amount of space and the expense necessary are about the same in either case, but the latter arrangement will probably be preferred by the employees generally, as being more convenient to have their lockers near where they are to wash up, and it will cause less confusion in running back and forth from one to the other, at a time when every one is in a hurry to wash, dress, and get out in the shortest possible time, and the capacity of the wash room is usually taxed to its fullest extent.
Fig. 112. Plan, showing Arrangement of Wash Room.