Changing Places are governed by the British Standard Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. The standard “brings diverse advice together to provide a definitive source of authoritative recommendations on the inclusive and accessible design of buildings”.
The standard was published on the 27th February 2018, and recommends that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes, such as:
Prior to opening your Changing Places facility you should carry out a full risk assessment.
You should not place responsibility on staff to provide assistance to users for the Changing Places. Visitors are expected to be accompanied by a carer or assistant who is familiar with the user’s needs and is able to provide the care needed.
It is recommended that an emergency alarm is fitted so that users can raise the alarm in the event of an emergency.
Any equipment installed should be regularly checked, maintained and tested in accordance with the manufacturer guidelines, and relevant legislation. (E.g. LOLER 1998)
Easy to read instructions should be provided for all equipment, including necessary information such as Safe Working Load for the hoist and Changing Bench.
A Changing Places room must measure at least 4m x 3m with a non-slip floor. It must be well lit, and be a consistent temperature.
Access can be controlled in a number of ways, many organisations choose to use a RADAR key. However some installations require users to obtain a key from a reception desk or other manned area.
Ceiling track hoist system
600mm vertical grab rail
Drop down support rail