New Option In Equality Comliance For Custodial Sector

Under new British Standards, all new buildings to which numbers of the public have access- including courts and police stations- should as 'good practice' include accessible toilet provision above and beyond the established 'Document M' facility. Total Hygiene, the UK's leading supplier of disabled toilet solutions, has developed the most comprehensive package available to help specifiers ensure compliance with all elements of inclusivity in toileting.

BS8300:2009 Accessible Building Design introduced a new category of washroom/toilet facility: Changing places, a standard likely to be included in Building Regulation Approved Document M when it is revised in 2013. Larger than a conventional disabled toilet, a 'Changing places' facility further includes equipment such as height adjustable bench, height adjustable basin, privacy screen.

Total Hygiene, commercial partner of the 'Changing Places Changing Lives' campaign, is unique in offering a complete advice through design to installation and maintenance package, that encompasses not only the requirements of 'Changing places', but accessible/ inclusive toileting at all levels- including religious considerations, whether in the public domain or accommodating specific detainee/prisoner needs in short, medium or long-term.

Robin Tuffley, Total Hygiene marketing manager, explains, "We all go to the toilet up to eight times a day! How that need is met legally and ethically when we are not at home is changing, but specifiers cannot be expected to know the minutae of available solutions.

"Total Hygiene is the only company which has that depth of knowledge, and the ability in-house to address that issue from brief to installation, whether it is from rental of a 'wash and dry' toilet for a prisoner who has no arms and relies on his cellmate to wipe his bum- a situation we have had- through to a fully-equipped 'Changing places' facility plus 'wash and dry' toilet in a court building."

Details of Total Hygiene's package, as well as CAD downloads, guidance on creating an inclusive washroom/bathroom, and full technical specification data are available on the company's website

The company has over 40 years' experience in the manufacture of disabled toileting solutions, with over 30,000 units installed in the UK alone, in locations as diverse as individual homes through public buildings and shopping centres to narrowboats and tallships!

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