Creating accessible washrooms
At Airdri we take pride in working to make washrooms more inclusive. Our hand dryers are some of the quietest and slimmest on the market, making them ideal for specialist washrooms.
Ensuring that your washroom is both inviting and inclusive is key to encouraging people to use it. If your facilities are tricky to manoeuvre around or aren’t user friendly, many will simply avoid using them. Accessibility has to be a number one priority when it comes to design and equipment purchases.
We share our top tips on creating an accessible washroom:
- Keep floor and lower-wall space free
Washrooms in the healthcare setting are often designed to allow plenty of space for those with walking aids or wheelchair users. However, unfortunately, many are let down by the addition of bulky apparatus which, quite simply, get in the way.
- Consider the impact of noise
The initial burst of loud noise when a hand dryer is activated can startle many, but it can actually become quite distressing for the elderly or those living with a condition such as dementia or autism.
Sound level reduction is central to Airdri’s ethos, and over the past decade we have become an industry leader in this field. We have some of the quietest hand dryers available on the market, with The Airdri Quazar™ running 18% quieter than the industry standard, making it one of the quietest in its class.
- Make them user friendly
There’s much more to an accessible washroom than simply creating ample space. The position of equipment should also be considered – for example, make sure the hand basin and hand dryer are placed close enough to the toilet so that users can effectively wash and dry their hands without having to manoeuvre around too much. If you don’t get the positioning right, and make the handwashing process as easy as possible, it’s more likely that people will skip this important step in hygiene practice.
- Built to last
If a dispenser has run out of soap or a hand dryer is out of order, many will simply find an alternative washroom, or worryingly, not bother washing their hands at all. But for those with mobility issues, locating a suitable alternative isn’t always an option, so it’s vital to invest in the products that will go the distance, as well as deliver an effective service.
Eliminating problems relating to the wear and tear of motor brushes, by using the latest motor technology, means that, on average, our hand dryers have a lifespan of around 6,000 hours – six times longer than that of other similar, fast dry models. In fact, when placed on lifecycle testing, the Quantum™ jet dryer lasts for over 10,000 hours. With most other popular jet dryer units only lasting for approximately 1,000 hours, the Airdri Quantum™ represents a very significant saving in both running costs and environmental impact.
- Go Green
Whether it’s a care home, hospital, GP surgery or dentist, regardless of the surroundings, sustainability should always be a key consideration when making a washroom purchase. To be truly ‘green’, a hand dryer must consume very little power, in fact, under 1,000 watts. This is where our Airdri Quazar™ and Airdri Quantum™ models tick another box, as they both achieved the coveted GreenSpec status following an assessment of their energy conservation and waste-free operation. This means that they not only benefit buyers but also reflect your wider social responsibility.