School hygiene rooms provide specialist toileting facilities for pupils or students with disabilities in special and mainstream schools.
Building Bulletin 103 states that accessible toilets for pupils and students, staff or visitors with disabilities must be included in mainstream schooling. Toilet provision should also include a specialist hygiene room with a fixed or mobile hoist and space for assistants to change a pupil or student. In a primary school this should contain a changing bed and accessible WC unless this is included in an adjacent accessible toilet (9m2). In a secondary school this should contain an accessible shower, sluice toilet and changing trolley (12m2).
Building Bulletin 104 defines the ratio of toilets and hygiene facilities that must be provided per student, in special schools, alternative provision (AP), specially resourced provision (SRP) and Units. It also lists the equipment needed for a properly kitted hygiene room.
It is also important to consider the legislation under the Equality Act 2010 which requires service providers to make reasonable changes where a disabled person would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage. Statutory Instrument No 2 specifies that the number of toilet facilities must be adequate having regard to age, gender and any special requirements.
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