Nebraska Revised Statute 48-401

Chapter 48


Water closets; duty of employer to provide.

Every factory, mill, workshop, mercantile or mechanical establishment or other building, where one or more persons are employed, shall be provided within reasonable access, with a sufficient number of water closets, earth closets or privies for the reasonable use of the persons employed therein, and wherever male and female persons are employed as aforesaid together, water closets, earth closets or privies separate and apart, shall be provided for the use of each sex, and plainly so designated, and no person shall be allowed to use such closet or privy assigned to the other sex. Such closet shall be properly enclosed and ventilated and at all times kept in a clean and sanitary condition. When the number employed is more than twenty of either sex, there shall be provided an additional closet for each sex up to the number of forty and above that number in the same ratio. The Department of Labor or any person authorized by the department may require such changes in the placing of such closets as the department may deem necessary and may require other changes which may serve the best interest of morals and sanitation.


  • Laws 1911, c. 67, § 1, p. 299;
  • Laws 1913, c. 103, § 1, p. 258;
  • R.S.1913, § 3588;
  • Laws 1919, c. 190, tit. IV, art. IV, § 1, p. 558;
  • C.S.1922, § 7682;
  • C.S.1929, § 48-401;
  • R.S.1943, § 48-401.


  • The state, by its Legislature, has extensively entered the field of labor. Midwest Employers Council, Inc. v. City of Omaha, 177 Neb. 877, 131 N.W.2d 609 (1964).

  • Safety regulations do not apply to nonoperating owner of building. Quist v. Duda, 159 Neb. 393, 67 N.W.2d 481 (1954).

  • Petition of employee was insufficient to state cause of action under this section where it merely showed contracting of unusual disease by employee. Russo v. Swift & Co., 136 Neb. 406, 286 N.W. 291 (1939).