If you’re a business owner / manager that provides WCs for your customers, visitors or employees then you need to aim for at least one of those facilities to be an accessible unisex WC. If you only have space for one loo within your building, it should be an accessible unisex one.
Don’t forget though that the DDA is about what is ‘reasonable and practicable’ and there will be some circumstances in which installing an accessible WC would be considered neither. Even if it is physically impossible to accommodate an accessible WC there are other things you can do to your existing facilities that will make them more accessible. For instance:
- avoid shiny ceramic tiles and floors
- contrast the fixtures and fittings with their background i.e. avoid using white tiles and then siting white basins and loos against them
- use lever taps for hand basins
- use light action bolts on cubicles rather than twist locks
- if possible have outward opening doors to cubicles
- use light switches with large push pads as opposed to pull cords
- use paper dispensers that can be used with one hand
This list is by no means exhaustive – with regard to loos there are many things to consider in terms of provision, space and location of fixtures and fittings, etc. If you are thinking of altering, updating or merely decorating your existing facilities consider getting some advice before you spend your money!
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IOSH Course Diary for 2020
DUE TO THE CURRENT CLIAMATE ALL COURSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2020
SUITABILITY OF DELEGATES
course is aimed at all personnel with responsibility for Managing Health and
Safety in the workplace.
On successful completion of the course a certificate of training will be
issued to all delegates by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
(IOSH). This will allow delegates to join the institute as affiliated members
Working Safely is
a one-day course for staff from any sector with no supervisory or managerial
responsibility. It provides grounding in the essentials of health and safety in
all industries including construction– everyone at work should have an understanding
of why they must ‘work safely’ and this course offers exactly that.
Who is the Managing Safely
This one-day course is for
delegates who have already completed the full Managing Safely course. Delegates get to refresh their knowledge on the key parts
of the full Managing Safely course by relating
them to a plan-do-check-act safety and health management system, with
leadership at the heart of it all.
It is recommended that refreshers are completed every 3 years.
If your certificate ran out several years ago you can still sit the refresher. If you are not sure contact me via the contact page by clicking here
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