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Meeting report: toilet arrangements--design of fixtures and fittings

Engineering in Medicine.

Author: Medical Engineering Working Party,
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1975


This is a report of an informal discussion meeting organised by the Medical Engineering Working Party on 30 October 1975 on the subject of "Toilet arrangements - design of fixtures and fittings." For the disabled, using the toilet is frequently one of the most difficult daily activities to achieve. The majority of problems associated with access are architectural because most disabled need more space for manoeuvring than the able bodied, and the lavatory, usually the smallest room in the house, is generally sited upstairs. Siting of the lavatory pan may be critical for some as many ambulant disabled have difficulty in manoeuvring on to the seat and require more room than is usually available. Allowance must be made for grab rails on either side. For wheelchair users it is helpful if the pedestal is set about 12'' further out into the room, but the pan should not be opposite the door. Several interesting points were discussed, including methods of flushing, types of taps used in handbasins, dangers of low level electric appliances and toilet seat design.

Further Details

Pages: 20-1
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 22.5.03
Keywords: bathroom/toilet/lavatory, design, rail, assistive device, mobility
Reads: 203