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New guidance on washroom legalities and good practice

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, Closomat 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, Closomat 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.”

The new white paper is available free of charge for download, dimension sheets and installation data.

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