Disabled Toilet Regulations for Workplace Washrooms; Importance of hygiene

Disabled toilet regulations, especially in the workplace, are a little different than the regular ones. The government has strict building codes in place for disabled washroom services in the workplace, a few of which are discussed below.

Toilet Cubicle Dimensions

All the same sex washrooms in a workplace should have a minimum of one disabled friendly toilet cubicle, complete with lots of manoeuvring space, grab rails on both sides and an ambulant disabled toilet door that opens outward instead of inward.

Wheelchair accessible toilet cubicles should be at least 2220 x 1800 mm in size to accommodate movement in a wheelchair. The turning diameter should be at least 1500 mm. The door of the stall should open outwards at a 950 mm width while the door itself should be at least 900 mm wide.

The height of the toilet seat has to be 480 mm while 750 mm is the projection of the pan of the commode. The hand rail should be placed at a height of 680 mm while the wash basin should be at a height of 720 to 740 mm. The height of the horizontal hand rails can be the same as the height of the drop down grab rails. Using a professional cleaning company is a good idea and I have used these commercial cleaners in Surrey before.

Again there should be grab rails or hand rails on both sides of the commode within arm’s length. The wash basin should also be within arm’s reach from the commode. Disabled toilets should also have locks that are accessible from the outside, because in emergency situations, disabled people may get locked in inside their stalls and this may delay medical assistance.

Toilet Doors

Some other considerations for disabled toilets include doors that are differently designed or painted or marked ‘for disabled use’ to distinguish them from the regular toilet stall doors.

The doors must be such that frail disabled individuals with limited strength or dexterity can operate the doors with closed fists or at least with ease. The outward opening door should in no way obstruct other stall users or obstruct the circulation route or limit wheelchair mobility outside the toilet cubicle.

Flush Handle

The flush handle or lever should be placed, not towards the wall side of the cistern, but towards the open side. It should be flexible enough to be operated with the push of an elbow or hand or any other body part. Many disabled people who cannot use their hands, have to use the flush lever with their chins. So it must be on the open side to allow the individual to reach it from his/her wheelchair.

Dispensers

Other necessary washroom services are toilet tissue dispensers fitted at the right height and position. Traditional toilet roll holders may be there as well, but if the disabled individual has only one hand to use, he or she may not be able to tear off tissues from the toilet roll and hence the tissue dispenser.

Even the liquid soap dispenser, hand lotion dispenser, dry sheet dispenser, hand sanitiser and hand dryer should be placed at the right height and position to make like easy for a disabled individual.

Other Essentials

Washroom services in a disabled toilet stall should also include the following. A colostomy bag hook, hand rails, modesty blanket for covering up if the disabled individual requiring help is trapped in a compromising situation, yellow sharps bin for disposing used needles, alarm cord placed within 200 mm from the floor and shelves at arm’s reach for keeping injectable medicines like insulin

One of the main reason that staff go off sick is due to the cross contamination of germs within the work environment. If little or no effort is made to reduce the number of germs in the office then they will continue to spread. Staff should be encouraged to eat away from their desks, as keeping food at the workstation can encourage germs.

It may be a good idea to have a cleaning sessions for a few minutes each week. Equipment such as telephones, keyboards, computers and mice could be wiped down with anti bacterial wipes. The desk will also need a clean, this can either be done with an anti bacterial wipe or a solution and a disposable cloth.

A possible method of preventing germs coming into the office is to place a bottle of anti bacterial hand wash near the door for employees to use when entering and leaving the building. These hand washes could also be left in the toilet areas, this may encourage employees to take better care of personal hygiene. A bottle could also be placed in a central location within the office for employees to use should they have the cold and need to cough.

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Wheelchair lifts and ramps can transform the workplace

For people with limited mobility many everyday environments can become a challenge, which is all so unnecessary, because just a few simple adjustments can make the place more accessible.

It’s all too easy to be a little thoughtless about these matters. For anyone who can get around just fine there’s no need to think about stairs or other potential obstacles. For someone in a wheelchair it’s a whole different story and they need access to every part of the building in exactly the same way.

A wheelchair lift can make all of the difference. This one simple amendment to the office or building can transform access and make life much much easier. Installing a disability lift doesn’t have to be time consuming, complex or expensive. And anyway companies and building managers are compelled to provide suitable access for everyone by law.

DDA Lifts are experts in this field. They can adapt a workplace to include a wheelchair lift no problem at all. They have a choice of solutions and carry out the work themselves to ensure everything is taken care of quickly and efficiently. It’s time to open up the whole building and ensure everyone has access to every floor.

A new disability lift can transform the working lives of people who don’t have the same range of mobility. Life should be about equality and ease of access for everyone. It’s time to stop and think about the needs of everyone.

Stairs can pose a real challenge. Ramps and lifts make all of the difference. Perhaps it’s time to review current arrangements in the workplace and take the necessary steps to put things right. A consultation with DDA Lifts is the place to start. They’ll make the necessary recommendations and get to work to install the ramps and lifts to ensure the disabled can get around freely.

Types of chair elevators you can choose from are: Straight Chair Elevator, Curved Chair Elevator, Vertical Platform Lift, and Inclined Platform Lift.

Straight Stairs Chair Elevator

The Straight Stairs Chair Elevator is most appropriate for homes or smaller offices. It features a seat that you need to sit on to be transported to a different floor. It is the least expensive solution and it works well for a person who can still walk on flat terrain but prefers not to use the stairs. If you are using a wheelchair or a mobility scooter in home, the straight stairs chair elevator requires a separate wheelchair or scooter on each floor, as well as it requires transfers from a wheelchair to a seat and out into another wheelchair.

Curved Stairs Chair Elevator

This is a version that will fit curved, even spiral staircase in your home. It has the same limitations as the straight stairs version concerning a person using a wheelchair. It is therefore the most suitable solution for home and for people who are willing to use separate wheelchairs or mobility scooters on different floors.

Vertical Platform Lift

The vertical platform lift consists of a metal platform, and a set of vertical rails to which the platform is attached. Its advantage over Stair Chair Elevators is that a wheelchair with the passenger on it can safely drive on it, get transferred to the next floor, and drive right off. Therefore, the vertical platform lift is suitable both for homes, office spaces and public buildings. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors. The only requirement for a vertical platform lift is the availability of extra space on the floor plan on both floors, as the vertical platform lift needs to use the space other than the floor space already taken by the stairs. This down side is remedied by the Inclined Platform Lift.

Inclined Platform Lift

The inclined platform lift consists of the metal platform that can accommodate a wheelchair or a mobility scooter and a set of rails that are mounted on the side of the staircase. The big advantage of this lift is that it takes no additional floor space; it is installed on either side of the stairs. Sure enough, the stairs must be wide enough to fit the entire platform on them. In public buildings, sufficient space must remain available to satisfy various local, state, and federal building code requirements.