Clos-o-mat makes change for the better

Clos-o-mat makes change for the better

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Designers of new build and refurbishment projects are potentially at risk of breaking the law by not making adjustments to accessible toilet requirements according to Clos-o-mat. Under the Equality Act, providers operating venues to which numbers of the public have access, have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to avoid a disabled person being put at a substantial disadvantage. A new House of Lords Select Committee report into the impact of the Act has taken that further, and specifically itemised physical features, including toilets, as one area that should be altered to comply with the legislation. Compliance can be achieved by installation of a Changing Places or Space to Change facility. Building Regulations (Approved Document M) and BS8300: 2009 already state that provision of such facilities (known as Changing Places) is ‘desirable’. Aware that for many venues, the space and equipment cost of a full specification, Changing Places may be hard to achieve, Clos-o-Mat, in partnership with special needs campaigners, has developed an alternative. Space to Change bridges the gap between the Document M wheelchair-accessible toilet and a full Changing Places. It requires a little more floorspace as part of the conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, to accommodate a hoist and adult-sized changing bench.

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