‘Changing Places’- what it means

For designers and specifiers of public environments, compliance with latest regulations and guidelines is being simplified, with a new CPD on specific aspects of accessible building design.

Under the revised BS8300:2009, most buildings to which the public have access, from civic buildings through hotels to leisure facilities, should include a ‘Changing Places’ facility- an assisted, accessible toilet. The latest Building Regulations Approved Document M also states such a facility is ‘desirable’ for inclusion.

Larger than a conventional ‘disabled toilet’, a Changing Places facility incorporates a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, and hoist. Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of disabled toileting solutions, is the leading provider of such toilets, and has thus developed a bespoke Changing Places CPD seminar.

The presentation addresses exactly what Changing Places are, the rationale behind them, the considerations for creating them, and the equipment and services needed to comply, helping the industry understand what is required, and how it can be achieved.

Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, elaborates:

“We know from our experience as market leader in disabled toileting that specifiers are increasingly aware of the concept of ‘Changing Places’ but unsure how to comply with the guidelines and Regulations. It is therefore logical for us to give decision makers the knowledge they need, backed up with experience gained from scores of Changing Places installations, be it supply of equipment or complete project management, installation, commissioning and ingoing service & maintenance.”

“There are 10m registered disabled people in the UK. Our population is ageing. Changing Places toilets are designed to enable anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet when away from home in an appropriate environment, with appropriate equipment.”

The Clos-o-Mat CPD can be booked by emailing info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)clos-o-mat.com or telephoning Clos-o-Mat on 0161 969 1199.

Ref: 16466