Water management experts Cistermiser offer a handy Q&A to ensure you are following the law and keeping costs to a minimum when installing public toilets and workplace restrooms.
Legislation in regards to toilets in a workplace are set out by the government in their document Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Regulation 20, Sanitary Conveniences.
Within this regulation, it is stated that readily accessible places must have suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences provided. To be suitable, these facilities have to:
Check out this Health and Safety Executive article for full details on the number of toilets and washbasins that a workplace must have, in regards to the number of people at work and their gender.
According to The Provision of Public Toilets — a report ordered by the House of Commons — public toilets are particularly beneficial to older people and disabled citizens.
For older people, Pamela Holmes, the Head of Healthy Ageing at Help The Aged, stated: “We have research…about the impact on isolation, about the impact on older people’s health — physical, social and mental — when they are unable to go out of the house because they are fearful of not finding a public toilet.”
When it comes to disabled people, the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, acknowledged: “Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, known collectively as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), affects approximately 1 in 400 people living in the UK…The sudden and uncontrollable need to use a toilet is a genuine and recognised symptom of IBD…Having an ‘accident’ in public is every patient’s worst fear and can have a devastating effect on their ability to undertake everyday activities such as going to work, shopping or socialising.”
Ensure you are catering to the needs of every customer by having suitable and sufficient public restrooms in operation in your facility.
A great way to save water when it comes to toilets is to look at the amount of water that is being used when flushing. As this report by Home Water Works highlights, this is because…
As the average person will flush five times a day, changing the toilets within your workplace could change your monthly water bills significantly.
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