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TOTAL HYGIENE - Simple Solution For Enhancing Railways For All

When travelling by rail, the most important priority for improvement for both able and disabled passengers according to latest data is the station toilets!

Under the Department of Transport’s Access for All programme, part of the Railways for Al Strategy, funding is available for improving accessible routes and associated works. A survey into The National Station Improvement programme Putting Passengers First found that toilets were the top facility most in need of upgrading at stations, but also that they were the most important priority for improvement. Furthermore, BS8300:2009 Accessible Building Design for all new build and refurbish buildings used by the general public advocates inclusion of a ‘Changing Places’ toilet.

A Changing Places toilet is larger than a standard accessible toilet and also includes a height adjustable changing bench, hoist, peninsular toilet and privacy screen and space for a wheelchair user and two carers. Changing Places toilets meet the needs of an estimated ¼m people who need the help of at least one carer to undertake basic personal hygiene so that they can make more use of the rail network, safe in the knowledge they can toilet with dignity, in an appropriate environment.

“We all go to the toilet on average eight times a day! Research shows people make a conscious decision not to go somewhere if they believe there are not suitable toilet facilities. In the overall scheme of a station refurbishment, inclusion of a ‘Changing Places’ toilet is minimal investment, yet it genuinely makes the difference for people using the rail network” says Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Total Hygiene, sponsor of the Changing Places Changing Lives campaign. “Swansea Railway Station, Ormskirk Bus/Rail Interchange and Sutton Railway Station have already invested in a ‘Changing Places’ facility, establishing there is a justification and a need for them.”

The replacement of the traditional WC with Total Hygiene’s Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet with its integral douching and drying facility, whilst not obligatory to conform, further enhances use by eliminating the need for the person’s carer to wipe them clean after toileting.

The ‘Changing Places’ campaign, run by the Changing Places consortium and sponsored by Total Hygiene, has already seen over 250 toilets installed across the UK, in locations as diverse as leisure centres, shopping centres and car parks. Total Hygiene is the UK’s top supplier of disabled toileting solutions, manufacturing (in the UK) the Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet and providing a raft of additional, accessible toileting equipment. Since the company was founded 50 years ago, it has supplied over 40,000 Clos-o-Mats, some of which are still in daily use 30 years after first being installed.

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