What makes a toilet accessible? An introduction to the needs of disabled people and assistants/carers.
A 30 page guide providing a brief introduction into the facilities that should be provided in a public accessible toilet to ensure dignity, safety and equality of toilet and hygiene provision.
We hope you will find the information useful if you:
Are passionate about improving the accessibility and usefulness of toilets for disabled people.
Wish to raise discussions with a business concerning a difficulty you have had accessing or using provided toilets.
Are building a new toilet or upgrading your existing facilities.
Are responsible for the maintenance or cleaning of sanitation facilities.
Are designing or submitting planning applications involving a new accessible toilet or altering existing ones.
About this Guide
Toilet types and signage
Three types of toilet
Building Regulations and British Standards
Health and inclusion
What should I find in a new accessible toilet?
Unisex, individual accessible toilets.
Changing Places toilets using BS 8300 (2009)
Door entry and locking
Lights and accessories
Toilet height and seat type
Washing / drying toilets
Other accessibility features
Examples of a stylish toilet that is not accessible
Sinks and their function
Use of toilet paper
Facilities for people with bladder and bowel disorders
Availability – an important part of accessibility
Provision for people to manage their bladder/bowel
People who have an ostomy
Using the toilet whilst standing, or sitting in a wheelchair.
People who use a hoist
Needs of Carers / Assistants
People with other needs
Thank you to…
*AD M = Approved Document M. This is available from the official planning portal web-site [http://www.planningportal.gov.uk] for the most up to date information and documents.