The Verge reports that workers at an Amazon distribution facility are “forced to pee in bottles or forego their bathroom breaks entirely because fulfillment demands are too high.”
For starters, as I’ve previously discussed, OSHA mandates that “employers allow employees prompt access to bathroom facilities,” and that “restrictions on access must be reasonable, and may not cause extended delays.”
Thus, denying employees bathroom access (either directly or functionally) in the name of “getting the job done” (or otherwise) almost certainly violates OSHA.
Safety is safety, whether it’s bathrooms or guarding or anything else.
If an employer is cutting safety corners on the small stuff, it’s probably a safe bet that it’s cutting corners on the bigger stuff.
At the end of the day, no one wins when employers sacrifice employee safety in the name of increased productivity.