What is the difference between accessible and ambulant accessible

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 27-Jul-2018 09:58:02

An accessible toilet is designed to accommodate different transfer preferences of wheelchair users and therefore requires more space than a standard or ambulant accessible toilet. In addition to a higher toilet pan and grab rails, it is fitted with shelves (for colostomy bags and general use) and a basin with lever or sensor taps. It has an emergency alarm facility for assistance. A right hand transfer is the more common need but where more than one accessible toilet is provided, alternating transfer hands should be offered. The key details, as set out in current BSI standards, are given below and the illustration shows a left hand transfer arrangement. 

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Tags: Accessible, Design, Washrooms, Health and Safety, Disability, Ease Collection

hand dryers vs. paper towels - what product is best for my washroom?

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 21-Feb-2018 09:41:45

Drying hands is usually the last part of the washroom user’s experience…usually. Yet only 20% of people say they always dry their hands thoroughly after washing them. This is critical because research has found that 85% of microbes are transmitted by moist hands, compared with 0.06% by dry hands.

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Tags: Design, Accessible, Disability, Business, Architects, Washrooms, Health and Safety

How to specify the right hand dryer for your project

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 12-Dec-2017 10:51:14

Recently we have been approached by a number of architects asking for advice on which hand dryer to use for their washroom project. Due to the number of hand dryers in the market, each with their own different features, it can be difficult to specify a dryer that meets all the needs of the client. Therefore we have collated the questions that we get asked most frequently to help you choose which dryer best suits your project.

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Tags: Affordable, Airports, Architects, Business, Design, Clerkenwell Showroom, Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Handwashing, Workplace

What is ALAVO?

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 10-Nov-2017 09:05:04

ALAVO is the modular, touch-free, behind-mirror handwash system by Dolphin Solutions. It keeps the taps, soap dispensers and hand dryers cleverly concealed behind a back-lit mirror and above the basins - saving space, minimising water spillage and reducing queues.

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Tags: Airports, Architects, Business, Affordable, Design, Clerkenwell Showroom, Facilities Management, Handwashing, Health and Safety, Sustainability, Water-saving, Washrooms, Workplace

How disabling disabled toilets really are

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 19-Oct-2017 15:50:30

Written by David Spooner.

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Tags: Accessible, Airports, Business, Architects, Design, Disability, Ease Collection, Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Washrooms, Sustainability, Workplace

Creating an ‘Accessible WC’ that is actually accessible.

Posted by Owen Mclean on 27-Sep-2017 11:41:48

Written by Owen Mclean. 

Accessible WC rooms are designed to make toileting as easy as possible for those with physical disabilities; yet many (or most!) ‘Accessible’ public toilets comply with neither Part M of the Building Regulations nor British Standard BS 8300-2009. Far too many are difficult to use and can even pose a serious threat to the safety of the user.

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Tags: Accessible, Architects, Business, Airports, Disability, Ease Collection, Facilities Management, Health and Safety, Washrooms

Wash Troughs – helping to improve hygiene in the washroom

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 20-Sep-2017 15:13:03

As we know, washrooms have a significant part to play in reducing the spread of germs in any public environment, particularly when it comes to hand washing. Research from BioCote has shown the sink as the worst culprit for levels of contamination with more than 50,000 Colony-Forming Units (CFUs) present on or around the basin at any one time. Because of their streamlined and easy to clean shape, troughs help reduce the number of spaces where germs can be harboured, improving hygiene in the washroom. Troughs are a rapidly growing trend in washhroom design, offering a more modern, stylish alternative to the standard sink.

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Tags: Washrooms, Accessible, Architects, Design, Health and Safety, Water-saving, Handwashing

WORLD DAY FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK

Posted by Dolphin Solutions on 27-Apr-2017 10:30:00

Tomorrow, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work is taking place. This year’s theme focuses on optimising the collection and use of occupational safety and health (OSH) data. The ILO celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

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Tags: World Day, Health and Safety, Workplace, Washrooms

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