Evidence shows many supposedly accessible toilets do not reach even the basic Building Regulations Approved Document M standard*. Yet nominal investment in creating a more accessible toilet will encourage a growth in visitors- and their spending.
Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, has developed a ‘mix and match’ package from design advice to installation and ongoing servicing, to enable any enterprise to which the public have access to capitalise on the disabled market, by creating a ‘Document M+’ style toilet.
Explains Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, “Disabled people account for a UK spend of £80b pa, and research shows for the average business, some 20% of the customer base is disabled. Under the 2013 Building Regulations Approved Document M, toilet accommodation needs to be suitable not only for disabled people, but for all people who use the building, yet LABC (Local Authority Building Control)* says many Document M toilets do not comply. Research also shows people make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they believe they cannot find suitable toilet facilities.
“Using our package of solutions, it is easy to create an accessible toilet to ensure compliance, and go beyond, to deliver a facility that is even more inclusive- a Document M+. The cost of installing toilets and sanitaryware to comply with DDA/Equality Act requirements can be offset under tax allowances, so it is a win: win situation.”
Under the ‘mix and match’ package, Clos-o-Mat can provide design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and service/ maintenance. In addition to the core Document M equipment, it recommends simple upgrading of a conventional WC for its Clos-o-Mat floor-mounted Palma Vita or height adjustable Lima Lifter automatic (wash and dry) toilet.
Elaborates Robin, “In our experience gained from installation of hundreds of accessible toilets in public environments, we more often than not find that the operators choose to install a Clos-o-Mat as they say it makes the toilet even more inclusive. Cadbury World is a prime example: its view was that inclusion of the Clos-o-Mat meant their toilets encompassed the full diversity of disabled visitors.”
Looking like, and no bigger than, a conventional WC, the Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet incorporates integrated douching and drying, eliminating the need for the user to wipe clean, or be cleaned by a carer, thus improving dignity, independence, and hygiene. The in-built features also deliver compliance with Islamic Qadaahul Haajah.
A range of accessories enabling precise tailoring of the Clos-o-Mat, from support arms to plinths, to enable the Palma Vita toilet to be set at exactly the right height to facilitate wheelchair transfer*.
Clos-o-Mat has a 50+ years-long proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, hygiene rooms, and Changing Places facilities. Its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.
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