Public’s view sought on providing more changing places toilets for disabled people – McGreehan
17 February 2022
Local Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan has welcomed the announcement that a public consultation has been launched on a proposed amendment to the Building Regulations to make provision for a changing places toilet in certain buildings.
A changing places toilet offers larger supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate. These facilities enable people with complex care needs to take part in everyday activities such as travel, shopping, family days out or attending a sporting event.
This public consultation is the culmination of the work of a Working Group established by the Department in December 2020 to examine the provision of changing areas or changing places toilets in certain buildings. This working group has recommended that changing places toilets be provided in certain circumstances in buildings such as hospitals, places of assembly, sports stadiums, roadside service facilities, schools and colleges, shopping centres and hotels. It has also recommended the technical requirements of a changing places toilet including the room size, layout and equipment to be included.
The Department would like to hear the views of all members of the public and from all construction and business sectors, and in particular:
• people with disabilities who use changing places toilets
• people who support others to use changing places toilets
• Building designers
• Building owners
Urging people to submit their views, Senator McGreehan said,
“The implementation of these proposals has the potential to greatly enhance the lives of many people with a disability and could provide as many as 80 changing places toilets per annum where they currently do not exist. Facilities such as these are needed to allow equal access to social activity and trips away from home for all citizens, and allow people with disabilities enjoy life in ways that I know many of us take for granted. I strongly encourage all those who may be impacted by the proposals to make their views known to the Department.”