How your school washroom could fail an Ofsted inspection
Are you preparing for an Ofsted inspection?
The school washroom is not always top of mind when preparing for an Ofsted inspection, but it is a crucial aspect of obtaining top marks from the inspector.
SGL, HPL or MFC: What material should I choose for toilet cubicles?
Toilet cubicles are one of the most visited spaces in any building. Designing and installing one should involve thorough research and careful planning to ensure that the finished product is safe, long-lasting and durable.
What should be included in a Changing Places facility?
Changing Places (CP) refers to both a campaign and a specialised type of toilet facility that provides sanitary accommodation to people with multiple learning or complex disabilities.
How is a Changing Places toilet different from an accessible WC?
Changing Places started as a campaign to address the need for specialised toilet and changing facilities for people who are unable to use a standard or an accessible water closet (WC).
What Are The Dirtiest Areas Of A Washroom?
People go to the washroom to tidy up but ironically, the washroom is a place that’s crawling with bacteria, more so in certain areas than others.
Many people assume that the toilet seat is the dirtiest but in reality, it’s actually relatively ‘cleaner’ compared to other areas. This is because germs are transferred via hand contact.
How to plan for a washroom refurbishment
Planning a washroom renovation project is an essential aspect of managing a shared space like offices, schools or commercial centres.
If you are unsure about how to begin and what factors to take into consideration, here is a simple guide to get you started.
What are the biggest washroom no no’s?
Washrooms, whether they are public, in schools, in the office or at the leisure centre shouldn’t be a grim experience but, often enough they are, and along with it come many aspects that can make any user quickly turn the other way and walk out.
Are school toilets clean and safe enough for our children?
For many years now, bullying and vandalism has been rife across the country in the school washrooms, as well as the washrooms falling below standard in cleanliness and the general decor being grubby and possibly even vandalised.
The History of the Washroom
Washrooms, we all use them each and every day, and yet we don’t give them a passing thought. But have you ever wondered where exactly the washroom developed from?
World Toilet Day 2018
World Toilet Day 2018 is all about raising awareness for those 4.5 billion people across the world that do not have the right, safe facilities to use daily. This equates to 60% of the world’s population, with 892 million people defecating in the open.
Why gym changing and washroom facilities should be changed regularly
Leisure centre, gym and sports clubs washroom facilities are such an essential factor for all sporting facilities, to provide their customers and staff with a clean, modern and pleasant area to feel safe using the facilities, getting changed and showered.
Global Handwashing Day 2018
Handwashing is such a simple task, that we’re taught as youngsters and is a crucial step in helping to prevent the spread of colds, flu, bacteria and diseases.
Unisex Toilets Can Prevent The Fear Of Bullying And Increase Attendance In School
Unisex toilets have been a hot topic for debate over the past couple of years, and there are many understandable reasons as to why so many feel passionate about this topic, whether for or against the idea.
Why An Up To Date Washroom Plays A Key Role In Your Office
The office washroom isn’t perhaps the first thing you think about when it comes to being a great business with happy employees, or when you come to redesign, paint and decorate an office. But do you realise how much of an impact an out of date and grubby washroom can have on a workforce?
HOW TO GET TOP-OF-THE-CLASS WASHROOMS
Making the grade on safe and secure washrooms is an easier task than you might think. With enough planning and consideration, your school’s toilets can be transformed from something that belongs in a horror film, to state-of-the-art facilities even the most prestigious of bathroom-specialists would love.
WANT TO COMBAT BULLYING? SWITCH TO UNISEX TOILETS
It is commonly understood that bullies are simply weak people who play on the insecurities of others for a perverse sense of self-fulfilment. Although bullying is not limited to children of school age, same-sex school toilets have gained a harsh representation as being a breeding ground for antisocial, manipulative behaviour. But what is the solution to prevent bullying in these environments?
FIVE TRENDS TO IMPROVE SCHOOL WASHROOM SAFETY
Picture this image in your mind: the echo of water droplets ricocheting around a basin; paper towels strewn all over the floor; flimsy cubicle doors. All of these factors create uninviting and eerie washroom environments which deter school students from using toilets. Combining these factors with the statistic that a whopping 43% of children fear harassment in school bathrooms; how can washroom safety be improved so young people feel at ease when using bathroom facilities?
Interfix Support 2018’s Save Lives: Clean your hands Campaign
Taking place on 5th May each year, Save Lives: Clean Your Hands is a WHO campaign raising awareness on hand hygiene in healthcare environments. The initiative draws attention to how inadequate hand sanitation affects millions of people visiting or staying in hospitals across the globe. As washroom specialists, Interfix is proud to support this scheme which makes important calls to action on hand cleanliness globally.
Unsafe and Unhygienic Bathrooms can give Lower Ofsted Rating
Whether it is a broken tap or an insufficient amount of soap, inadequate toilet conditions can affect a school’s Ofsted report. Schools and other educational environments are facing increasing pressures to ensure facilities meet Ofsted standards, so what solutions ensure an institution’s washrooms pass, or exceed its assessment?
Lack of Appropriate Toilets can Affect Children's Education
From their design to their hygiene, washrooms must be maintained regularly to make sure students feel comfortable using the services. Even a loose or a broken toilet door lock could compromise a child’s education; if a child feels as if he or she cannot use a facility comfortably, they may well return to a class unrelaxed, unfocussed and not in the best mind-set for learning.
World Water Day and Toilet Twinning campaigns helping raise global sanitary standards
Overcoming the water challenges of the 21st century is this year’s World Water Day theme. Held on March 22nd and coordinated by UN-Water in conjunction with global stakeholders, the event will highlight how nature-based solutions, such as planting new forests and reconnecting rivers to flood plains, can solve water poverty in developing countries.
Want to Get your Business House in Order? Start with the Washroom
Here’s a fact to chew over: did you know, that three out of four customers said they would never return to a restaurant with a dirty washroom? The survey conducted by Harris Poll shows how highly we value the cleanliness of sanitary facilities in the public arena. Is it because, in our minds at least, the state of the toilets say so much about the state of the business in which they’re installed?
"CLEVER’ VENTILATION FOR A MORE COMFORTABLE WASHROOM EXPERIENCE
As well as the ‘headline’ features of a washroom - basins, cubicles, vanity shelves, lighting, etc – the functionality of seemingly minor details are important to creating a clean, comfortable, welcoming environment.
Gender Neutral Toilets – What Are They and Why Should You Consider Them?
If you’ve been watching the news, reading the papers, or listening to the radio lately, you might have heard talk about gender-neutral bathrooms (or, more specifically, restrooms). They’re at the top of many people’s agendas right now, and you might be wondering if your school or business needs to make any changes.
A washroom for all seasons
With winter almost upon us once more, the level of comfort we enjoy at home and in the workplace gains extra significance. A washroom, for example, can suddenly appear a far-less inviting place to visit when conditions outside take a turn for the worst.
Mixed-Gender Toilets Deliver Same Positive Result In UK Schools
The introduction of unisex toilets in UK primary and secondary schools remains a contentious issue, particularly for some parents, but there seems little doubt mixed-gender washrooms will soon be accepted as the norm.
The History of Unisex Toilets
Over the last couple of years there has been much talk regarding unisex, or gender neutral, toilets with both sides of the argument frequently covering topics such as safety, cost and space. More and more public spaces are choosing gender neutral toilets such as Lancaster University, The Barbican Centre and even The White House. But why do we have separated toilets in the first place?
Unisex Toilets Helping Flush Out Bullies And Bad Behaviour In Schools
Recent reports confirm that bullying remains an issue in school washrooms and human nature being what it is; it is unlikely that such facilities will ever be completely safe. To counteract this growing menace, the introduction of unisex sanitary areas in schools has been found to be effective for a number of reasons. For instance, facilities used by both genders attract more people, making it more likely instances of bad behaviour will be witnessed and reported. There’s also the age factor to consider: youngsters become more self-conscious about their appearance and development in the early teenage years, meaning they are less likely to loiter in washrooms used by members of the opposite sex.
Specialist Student Washroom Design Can Benefit World Outside Of The Classroom
For an indication on how the world has changed – for the better, hopefully – let’s consider the evolution of the common or garden school washroom. It wasn’t so long ago toilet facilities were designed on a ‘one size fits all’ basis – what was good enough for adults was deemed more than suitable for children. And so washrooms were created without mind or regard to youngsters’ needs, leading to sanitary environments that were unclean, unwelcoming, and in some cases, dangerous to use.
Beating the problems of bullying in school washrooms
Bullying and anti-social behaviour in toilets and washrooms continues to be a problem, writes Sam Saunderson, Project Consultant at Interfix Washrooms, specialists in bespoke washroom design and refurbishment, but through careful design considerations this issue can be substantially reduced.
Washrooms That Scrub-up Well Provide A Better Learning Experience For Students
It might seem tenuous to some, but there is an irrefutable link between washroom hygiene and a student’s learning. As adults, we like to think of ourselves as more discerning than children and less-accepting of poor hygiene standards in public environments such as washrooms, changing areas or swimming pools - but it’s not really the case.
A Lesson In How School Washrooms Differ Through The Ages
In washrooms, as in life, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all, particularly when it comes to the design of school sanitary areas. At Interfix, we have the experience and skills in washroom refurbishment to tailor any project to an end-user’s requirements. Our design of school washrooms provides a good example of the bespoke approach we’re able to take for each installation, regardless of size or location.
Global Days Encouraging Water to Be Saved
This week marks the third annual Water Saving Week which also coincides with World Water Day, taking place on Wednesday 22nd March. The theme for World Water Day this year is “wastewater”. Every day during Water Saving Week a different theme will be explored focusing on saving water in a particular area such as at work or at school.
Meeting design requirements of a modern washroom environment
Designing washrooms for areas of heavy public footfall such as leisure centres requires more than just a lick of paint here, or a new washbasin there. There is much to consider if your refurbished changing area is to meet customer satisfaction as well as strict building regulations.
Leisure Centre Washrooms Must Uphold Clean Reputation To Maintain Membership Boom
With Christmas all but a distant memory, there’s every chance New Year’s resolutions to ‘join a gym and get fit’ have also sailed beyond the horizon. Whether or not individuals make much use of facilities once signed-up, UK gym and leisure centre membership is at an all-time high. According to the latest State of the UK Fitness Industry Report, last year saw a 1.9% increase in the number of fitness facilities, with member numbers, having grown by 5.3%, now exceeding 9 million. It means one-in- seven people in the UK owns a gym membership.
Creating A Clear Distinction Between Leisure And School Washroom Refurbishment
With washroom refurbishment, it isn’t a case of one-size fits all - environments require individual specification according to usage. At Interfix, we provide bespoke solutions for a range of sanitary-based installations. A good example of the way our expert teams are able to tailor projects to suit design-specific demand, is the work we’ve carried out on two very different facilities.
2016 was an outstanding year for Interfix. Our projects have not only covered a diverse range of sectors they have also highlighted the importance of bespoke planning and design in achieving the very highest standards. At Interfix we pride ourselves on treating each project individually from the initial client briefs to the design and installation.
Speak up – It’s Your Health at Risk
According to a recent report, the work place can be awash with bacteria and a whole range of potential virus infections due to poor hygiene – and it’s costing the economy £13.7 billion a year in sick leave and lost work days.
Making showers at work the norm for white collar cyclists
Obesity has slowly been increasing in recent years with new figures revealing 58% of women and 65% of men are overweight or obese. With societies health changing over the last few years, and new year just around the corner, it makes sense that people are looking for new ways to fit exercise into their busy working lives. Experts predict that some 750,000 people choose to cycle to work each day and that number is growing. White collar cyclists, as they are known, are now becoming the norm, particularly in larger towns and cities.
Could all washrooms be unisex within 10 years?
Washrooms have always provoked debate probably because we all have to use them so it is no surprise that more recently the discussion has shifted towards unisex and transgender toilets – and as in the past, everyone has a view.
Poor toilet facilities could be impacting children’s education
On the 19th November World Toilet Day took place. This initiative highlights the importance of access to fully functional toilet facilities. Lacking these basic facilities can have a serious impact on a child’s health which in turn creates serious issues for their education.
World Toilet Day 2016
Surely in the 21st century there can’t be that great a number of people who have to survive day to day life without access to a toilet. Surprisingly 2.4 billion people live without access to a toilet and 1 in 10 people has no choice but to defecate in the open exposing them to all manner of risks and diseases. These facts, along with others, have been released as part of World Toilet Day which takes place on 19th November. The initiative was set up in 2013 by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners and aims to educate people on the lack of toilets available around the world.
Five Ways The Design Of Your Washroom Can Solve Common Hygiene Challenges
While keeping washrooms clean and sanitary can prove a major challenge, there is a financial incentive for you to do so. According to recent reports, poor hygiene in the workplace alone is costing the UK economy £13.7 billion – equivalent to £700 per employee – in sick leave and lost work days each year.
What Does Your Washroom Say About Your Business?
Every time you walk into a public washroom you make an instant judgement based on cleanliness, hygiene and general ambience – and if you don’t like what you see, it seems that it will colour your judgement about the organisation or the place that you are visiting.
How one tiny LED light is helping to stop smoking in washrooms
For decades it has almost been a rite of passage for schoolboys to sneak off to the toilet for a crafty cigarette, out of sight from teachers and prefects. In what was regarded as a gentler age, the penalty for being found out was probably no more than a severe reprimand from the headmaster.
The Benefits Of A Great Retail Washroom
A washroom can speak volumes to a potential customer about the business.
School Toilet Facilities - Basic Requirements
In order to comply with school premises regulations, each school must meet basic standards.
The Costs of Poor Washroom Facilities In The Workplace
Office workers encounter over 10 million bacteria a day, this bacteria can often stay alive for almost three hours, it’s therefore essential that your workplace has a hygienic washroom with suitable washroom equipment to keep the chances of infection to a minimum.
How many toilets should my school premises have?
The regulations don’t specify a minimum number of school toilets and washbasins in relation to the number and age of the children at the school, there are however recommended guidelines in place.
Am I Required to Provide Disabled Toilets in the Workplace?
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 specify that adequate provisions must be made for any worker who has a disability, so that they have access to facilities that are adjusted for their use if necessary.
How many toilets should my workplace have?
When providing commercial or corporate washrooms to employees, it’s important to know that you have all the information you need to ensure that you comply with sanitary requirements.