Why Commercial Washrooms Should Include Disabled Access
Many organisations around the world abide by the accessibility laws for those living with disabilities - providing disabled access is a greater responsibility when it comes to public and commercial buildings.
People on disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs, can now access a lot of major buildings around the country without being manually helped by others as a lot of building owners and property managers are being proactive to the social demand to have their buildings reassessed and made accessible.
Many buildings seem to satisfy the requirements for the entrance, parking area, elevators, height of stairs, ATM, public telephone guidelines, but commercial washrooms disabled access has always been somehow forgotten and abandoned.
This translates to people with disabilities having easy access to enter most buildings, yet they would find difficulties and needing assistance to use the washroom. It could be an oversight in the building planning, but corrections can still be made to ensure all the commercial washrooms include disabled access. Commercial washrooms should include disabled access for a number of reasons:
For a building to be fully accessible to people with disabilities, an accessibility expert has to be employed. The expert would then audit the building's accessibility level, and point out sections of the buildings that need upgrading or fixing.
Australia's Disability Discrimination Act 1992 "prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, education, publicly-available premises, provision of goods and services, accommodation, clubs and associations, and other contexts. Discrimination is defined to include failing to make reasonable adjustments for the person."
Not just that, in a corporate building, an organisation have to consider the employees as well - it will create a more conducive environment when it comes to hiring staff with disabilities. It is also a smart business investment by providing equal opportunity in the workplace and at the same time saving literally thousands of dollars in the future in the case of injuries in a washroom that could be caused by negligence.
2. Being Human
A commercial washroom that is inaccessible to those living with disabilities deprives them of feeling independent. Remember, some people are born with disabilities, while some others become disabled due to unfortunate injuries and accidents.
By providing disabled access, especially in a washroom, the simple pleasure of independence allows everyone to use the washroom without needing any external assistance.
3. Promote Inclusivity
Having a great image is a nice thing to impart to anyone visiting the building, it is also a positive move in terms of ethical and moral stances.
Whether it is a commercial building for public patronage or a corporate building and work premise for employees, having commercial washrooms with disabled access illustrates that your organisation does not exclude anyone and instead shows empathy by promoting inclusivity.
John Barnes & Co currently provides a range of Commercial Washroom Equipment compliant with the Disability and Discrimination Act 2005 to Commercial and Government facilities. Product range available includes but not limited to: grab rails, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, waste receptacle units, shower seats, baby change stations, hand dryers, mirrors, toilet roll holders, signage, robe and coat hooks and more - just give us a call!
Before your next project, have a chat with one of our experienced personnel who will assist you with the selection of washroom equipment to meet the facility requirements and legislative standards.