Changing Places toilets overcome disability issues in public places

  • 7 Nov 2014

Disabled people make up 10% of the UK population

Many disabled visitors to public buildings such as shopping centres and leisure facilities face having to be laid on the toilet floor with the door open when being helped by a carer – new legislation and guidelines put in place to overcome this issue call for the installation of a Changing Places toilet.

Incorporating additional equipment such as a hoist and adult-sized changing bench, a Changing Places toilet is larger than a standard conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, allowing plenty of room for carers to offer their assistance.

The latest Building Regulations Approved Document M and BS8300:2009 classes a Changing Places facility as desirable in any building to which the public have access.

Service providers are now required to make reasonable changes to the built environment where a disabled customer would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage under the Equality Act.

Disabled people make up 10% of the UK population and account for an annual spend in excess of £80billion, therefore making it ‘desirable’ that shopping centres, tourist attractions and leisure facilities install a Changing Places toilet.

Further information can be found in Clos-o-Mat’s white paper, ‘Considerations & Specification of Changing Places toilets,’ and on the website which contains support data, 2D and 3D CAD drawings, animations, FAQs and an expert blog.


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