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14 December 2017

 

New British standard gives fully accessible toilets the green light

Campaigners are celebrating after a new British Standard has recommended that fully accessible toilets be installed in new big public buildings.

British Standard 8300:2009 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people was published on 27th February 2009 and includes recommendations that Changing Places toilets should be installed in larger buildings and complexes, including large railway stations, airports and motorway services; sport and leisure facilities; cultural centres; stadia and large auditoria; shopping centres; key buildings within town centres; and educational and health facilities.

The Changing Places Consortium have been calling for Changing Places toilets to be installed in public places since the launch of the Changing Places, Changing Lives campaign in July 2006, and played a significant part in securing the addition of Changing Places toilets in the British Standard.

Beverley Dawkins, Chair of the Changing Places Consortium, said:  “We are delighted that the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are finally being taken seriously.  Having access to Changing Places toilets means carers don’t have to make the terrible decision between changing their loved one on dirty toilet floors or not going out at all.  We want to see more private and public bodies following best practice by installing Changing Places toilets.”  

British Standard 8300:2009 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people is a code of practice, and takes the form of guidance and recommendations. It covers a wide range of impairments and the use of the built environment by disabled people who may be residents, visitors, spectators, customers, employees, or participants in sports events, performances and conferences.


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