It is vitally important to ensure that your business facilities are inclusive and accessible, both for staff and clients— but what exactly makes a washroom accessible? This week, we want to talk about the features that you should be including in your washroom, in order to provide useful and appropriate facilities for all.
First, consider the height of the equipment in your washroom— it should be Doc M compliant, which means that it must conform to the latest public building regulations. An accessible toilet will be raised enough to make transfers to and from a wheelchair safer, whilst still being useful for ambulatory visitors. Mirrors and sinks should also be placed at a lower height, so that wheelchair users can use these facilities easily and independently. Furthermore, waste disposal units (both for refuse and for feminine hygiene products) should be easily accessible and require minimal force to open/close. Our regular exchange service can ensure that these bins are discretely kept to a high standard of hygiene, ensuring that your accessible space is clean and pleasant.
Beyond issues of space and orientation, you should also consider the vending services that your washroom offers. Many machines will offer feminine hygiene products, but TWC Group can install and stock them with a broader range of utilities, including nappy-changing materials for parents, wet wipes, and other specifically branded products. Offering a range of useful resources (again, at a height that is accessible to all visitors to your washroom) can improve the experience of your staff and clients, by ensuring that there are supplies readily and independently available should they require them.
Finally, baby-changing facilities should be provided in all public washrooms— any parent or caregiver should have access to an adequate and safe space in which to change their child’s nappy or to assist a dependent. To discuss these services, and how TWC Group can help you to make your washroom more accessible, please get in touch.