Are there compliant transportable hire Accessible (Disabled) Toilets for events & festivals?
The following is a paraphrased statement from a phone call we received earlier in the year.
I was at an event at the weekend and tried to use the toilet but could not fit in with my chair and I wet myself!
What can I do? Can I sue someone for discrimination?
We have already discussed in detail the requirements for accessible toilets at events on our Accessible Public Events page.
I audited an event at the weekend and the issue of inaccessible public toilets as provided by the hire company was again an issue, so I thought it was time I should write a post on some of our recent findings.
As discussed within our Accessible Public Events page accessible (disabled) toilets need to be designed in accordance with Australian Standard Australian Standard AS1428.1:2009 Design for access and mobility – General requirements for access – New building work
The following drawing details the minimum size an accessible toilet must be.
The following drawing shows how a wheelchair could be positioned by a person with a disability to enable them to access the toilet.
Transportable event accessible toilet reviews
Accessible toilet: type 1
Its bad enough a wheelchair cannot get into the toilet, but even if you could you could not turn around!
Side & front transfers
Even if you could get in, there is no way you could position your wheelchair to do a side or front transfer!
What The!!!!!!!!!! A foot pump in a disabled toilet????????
Seriously who in their right mind would put a recessed foot pump in an accessible toilet that provides water to the handbasin. For those that are not aware, paraplegics and quadriplegics have little or no movement in their feet!
Soap dispensers should be mounted at a height between 900-1100mm. This one is mounted at 1420mm.
Due to insufficient space the person in the wheelchair is unable to access the toilet. How would you feel if you needed to go to the toilet and could not?
Comparison to a compliant accessible toilet
The following is a schematic cad layout of the above toilet.
The following is an overlay of the supplied toilet when compared to a compliant accessible toilet.
So what else was wrong with it?
I am glad you asked!
Clothes-hanging device has not been provided (AS1428.1, Clause 15.4.4)
Door: outward opening door does not have mechanism that holds the door in a closed position without the use of a latch (AS1428.1, Clause 15.2.9(a))
Door: in-use indicator snib does not have a handle with a minimum length of 45mm (AS1428.1, Clause 15.2.9(b))
WC Circulation space insufficient (AS1428.1, Clause 220.127.116.11)
Pan: side offset outside range 450-460mm, rear wall to front outside range 790-810mm (AS1428.1, Clause 15.2.2)
Pan seat: to top outside range 460-480mm, (AS1428.1, Clause 15.2.3)
Flushing control incorrectly located (AS1428.1, Clause 15.2.5)