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Going beyond the minimum requirements
Our 26 page guide looks at why going beyond the standards is often required to avoid discrimination, promote social inclusion and welcome all disabled employees, visitors, customers and volunteers.
We hope you will find the information useful if you:
- Are passionate about improving the accessibility and usefulness of toilets for disabled people through campaigns and personal discussions.
- Wish to raise discussions with a business concerning a difficulty you have had accessing or using provided toilets.
- Are designing or submitting planning applications involving a new accessible toilet or altering existing ones.
- Are responsible for the maintenance of sanitation facilities.
- Are planning an event or function and assessing the sanitary needs of potential visitors.
- Are a business, who provides toilets for disabled staff, visitors, customers and volunteers – and wishes to provide the highest possible standard of ‘away from home’ toilets.
- Are committed to the welcoming provision of a truly accessible toilet to demonstrate your commitment to social inclusion and equality.
- Current types of accessible toilets
- Legal requirements
- Be aware of ‘Compliant Doc M toilet packs’
- Difficulties people have using accessible toilets
- How AD M introduces barriers to using the toilet :
- Toilet height
- Support / grab / hold rails
- Barriers relating to support rails
- Privacy requirements
- Space considerations
- Space is needed to do a range of activities in the toilet.
- Space requirements in the Building Regulations.
- People who are unable to stand or balance on a toilet.
- Barriers to using the toilet, in the minimum provided space.
- What research tells us about the size of wheelchairs.
- Inadequate space to transfer from the side of the toilet.
- Space needs of Carers / Assistants.
- Turning circle space inadequacy
- Baby Changing and Odour sensitivity.
- Emergency cords tied up or not present.
- Ensuring the toilet is available.
- Assistance with hygiene.