Hygiene Rooms in schools, colleges and higher education institutions allow children and young people with disabilities to live their best lives. They provide necessary and practical means for assisted toileting, promoting independence, hygiene and dignity. They are therefore essential in forming part of the overall duty of care provided to children and young people by educational institutions.
A Hygiene Room requires more space than a standard accessible toilet, providing enough room for the extra equipment needed, and room for up to two carers to provide assistance when necessary. Typically, you will find the following equipment in these facilities:
● Overhead room coverage hoist system
● Height adjustable changing bench
● Peninsular toilet
● Privacy screen
At Closomat, we’ve been assisting in the design, specification, installation and maintenance of Hygiene Rooms for many years. In fact, we’ve supported hundreds of successful projects in schools, colleges and universities up and down the country.
We believe what we offer is unique in the market. We are the only specialist manufacturer and supplier of accessible bathroom equipment to offer a complete end-to-end project management service, from help and advice on the design and specification of the facility, right through to completion. We can even offer training and on-going servicing and maintenance of the equipment!
We are fully CDM (Construction Design & Management) 2015 compliant, and with our unrivalled knowledge and expertise of assisted toileting, building regulations and standards, we help to ensure your facility is delivered on time, on budget and with the minimum of fuss.
We are experienced in working with architects, Occupational Therapists and building/facilities staff at every stage of the process. We can manage the project from start to finish, ensuring everything runs smoothly and removing any potential issues which can lead to overruns and hassle.
We can work with existing plans and specifications, providing advice and guidance as required, or we can advise and make recommendations ourselves.
We always insist on carrying out a free of charge site survey to absolutely ensure that everything is correct and to identify any potential problems. We often recommend adjustments or enhancements at this stage and in some cases we spot issues which help to avoid problems further into the process.
We will oversee the installation of equipment to ensure everything adheres to the plan, and is fully compliant with all relevant Standards and Building regulations. We also provide ‘how to use’ and ‘safe working load’ signage.
Once everything is installed and ready to use, we can provide support and training to staff to ensure they are confident in the operation of the equipment, and are then able to provide support to those in their care.
We can also provide on-going servicing and maintenance of the equipment to ensure it continues to support children and young people for years to come.
“I hadn’t appreciated what a difference it would make for children and staff.” That is the view of estates manager of Kingsweston School in Bristol, Clive Farmer, and the reasoning behind his specification of fixtures, including a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet, for the school’s new hygiene room.
Kingsweston School has evolved over its history as a special school focused on the needs of pupils with profound disabilities. Working with other special schools in the area it has created a supportive and caring environment for all children with special educational needs.
The school needed to update its facilities, including the creation of a hygiene room complete with a ceiling track hoist, height adjustable wash basin, height adjustable changing bench, and a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet. The equipment was specified and supplied by Closomat and installed by Aztech Building Services.
The new hygiene room follows an earlier installation in the school, and ensures compliance with the criteria laid down in Building Bulletin 104. Explained estates manager Clive Farmer, “It was important to mirror the facilities we already have, as the children are familiar with that. It makes it easier for them to adjust to being in a different section of the school as they move from primary to secondary.
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