Can an Accessible (Disabled) Toilet be used as an Ambulant Toilet

Drop Down Grab Rails – Compliance Issues.

“If we use a drop down grab rail in the accessible toilet, the facility can double as an ambulant toilet, right?”  This is a general enquiry that pops up in the office from time to time but our view is simply no, it can’t.

Most frequently this question is in relation to use of the drop down  or swing away grab rail in lieu of the grab rail located at the back of the pan (in the case of an accessible toilet).

Typical ambulant toilet layout

Typical ambulant toilet layout, note the handrail design.