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Providing restroom accessibility at your event or job site is imperative. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also typically required by law, as well. The following can help you make portable toilet choices that will serve everyone.
The most important aspect to consider is accessibility. Units must be equipped with a hinged, self-closing door that is wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through. The units are also reinforced so that they are less likely to be damaged or pose a danger to those using the toilet. Elevated seats, grab bars, and other safety devices may also be required. Most importantly, the inside of the unit must be wide enough so that a person using a wheelchair can make a 365 degree turn unimpeded. The units may also come with access ramps, or you may need to rent the ramp separately. Regardless, it is vital to make sure a sturdy ramp is available.
You may also need to supply a certain number of units. Generally, at least one accessible unit must be provided for any event or job site purpose. Depending on the number of attendees or employees, you may need additional units. As a rule, you need at least one accessible unit for each cluster of portable toilets, and you may also need to provide at least one unit for every 20 expected users. Check with current ADA regulations to verify the placement and the number of available units necessary.
Accessible units must have clear signage on them so that they can be easily identified by those that need them. If the location of the accessible unit isn't obvious, it is a good idea to use additional signage in the event field to point people in the correct direction to find the unit. It is helpful to include signage for the accessible unit on any wayfinding sign that is installed to direct people toward the restroom area at your event or job site.
Although sinks are not a requirement for portable restrooms, it's a good idea to ask for accessible sinks if you choose to rent portable sinks to go with the toilet units. Most portable sink units bring water to the faucet via a foot pump. Accessible units also have the option of using a hand pump for water flow, which is useful for those that cannot operate the foot pump.
Contact a portable toilet rental company for more assistance.