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Article Date: 9th June 2017

Clos-o-Mat - New Guidance on Washroom Legalities & Good Practice

Washroom Legalities - Wheelchair Accessible Toilet - Adult Changing Bench

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By law (Equality Act 2010), venues need to make anticipatory ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the built environment to prevent disabled people being put at a ‘substantial’ disadvantage - that includes suitable toilets!

To help all involved in the decision-making process get it right, Clos-o-Mat- Britain’s leading provider of toilet solutions to restore dignity to people who need help to ‘go to the loo’ - has produced a new white paper. ‘Accessible Toilets, Washrooms & Bathrooms- The Provisions Beyond Building Regulations Approved Document M’ explains why Approved Document M type toilets do NOT meet the needs of up to 14million people*, and outlines the relevant British Standards and guidelines for compliance.

"There is an assumption that a Document M type wheelchair accessible toilet ‘does the job’," says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. "But for up to 14million people, who need more space, and/or more equipment, it doesn’t. It therefore precludes their ability to access the venue. So by not accommodating their needs, you are shutting the door on 20% of the UK population, who spend £86billion a year at least. Can you afford to do that, especially when all that is needed to open the door to them is a minimum 7.5m² (including a standard unisex wheelchair-accessible toilet), an adult-sized changing bench, and a hoist? Our white paper simplifies the legal and ‘best practice’ considerations, in one useful reference tool."

It is complimented by papers specific to the various accessible washrooms - Changing Places, Space to Change, hygiene rooms- and to industry sectors, plus technical support material including CAD blocks, NBS specifications, dimension sheets and installation data

Clos-o-Mat, founded over 55 years ago and family-owned, is the leading provider of toilet solutions for disabled people in Britain. It is unique in manufacturing its products in the UK, and in its ability to deliver, in-house, the complete package from design advice through project management, supply, install, commissioning, to after-sales service & maintenance. No other major provider of ‘away from home’ toilets with changing facilities can deliver that full ambit.

* Potential users of a wheelchair-accessible toilet with space, bench and hoist include:
- 1.5m wheelchair users
- 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence
- 1.5million people with a learning disability
- 1.2million people living with stroke
- 62,000 amputees
- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries
- 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis
- 5000 people with motor neurone disease
- 8,000 people with spina bifida
- 120,000 people with a stoma
- 3.8million adults morbidly obese
- 0.8million disabled children
- 8.7million people with osteoarthritis
- 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis

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