Clos-o-Mat has produced a new white paper, ‘Accessible Toilets, Washrooms & Bathrooms – The Provisions Beyond Building Regulations Approved Document M’, which 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.
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.
‘There is an assumption that a Document M type wheelchair accessible toilet ‘does the job’,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat 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 per cent of the UK population, who spend £86billion a year at least… Our white paper simplifies the legal and ‘best practice’ considerations, in one useful reference tool.”