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Author/s:
Stephanie J. Dancer, Yuguo Li, Alwyn Hart, Julian W. Tang, Davey L. Jones
Summary:
This narrative review examines the evidence suggestive of transmission risk through use of public toilets and concludes that such a risk cannot be lightly disregarded. A range of mitigating actions are suggested for both users of public toilets and those that are responsible for their design, maintenance and management.
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Publication date:
2021
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Keywods:
Covid-19DesignMaintenancePublic Health
Type:
Academic Paper

Author/s:
Positive Ageing in London (PAiL), Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE)
Summary:
Adequate public toilet provision is an essential feature of an age-friendly city. The manifesto, inspired by innovative London-based research, seeks that the Greater London Authority makes this need explicit, and supports the manifesto’s five obligations.
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Toilet-Manifesto-web-3.pdf 88.24 KB
Publication date:
2020
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Keywods:
Built EnvironmentCampaignPublic Toilets
Type:
Organisation or Campaign

Author/s:
Imran Nazerali, Gail Ramster, Jo-Anne Bichard
Summary:
In this update to Publicly Accessible Toilets: An Inclusive Design Guide, we show how future toilets can be designed to be more hygienic, and also more accessible and inclusive, as a critical part of public health infrastructure.
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Publication date:
2021
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Keywods:
Covid-19DesignInclusionPublic Toilets
Type:
Design Guide

Author/s:
Welsh Government
Summary:
Guidance for the safe management of toilets used by the public during the coronavirus pandemic. It is intended to help the owners and operators of toilets for public use to plan for the safer management of toilets as the restrictions in Wales are lifted and to plan for the re-opening of toilets where they have been closed.
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Publication date:
2020
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Keywods:
Covid-19Public HealthPublic Toilets
Type:
Standards and Guidance

Author/s:
Department for Communities and Local Government
Summary:
This strategic guide reviews the evidence and sets out ways in which local authorities and their partners can secure improvements to public toilets. By arguing the case for public toilets, removing barriers to provision, and sharing good approaches and practice, it aims to encourage local authorities and the business community to review the importance of provision.DCLG
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Publication date:
2008
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Keywods:
DesignPublic Toilets
Type:
Standards and Guidance

Author/s:
London Assembly
Summary:
In this report the Health and Public Services Committee of the London Assembly reviews whether the provision of public toilets in London has improved since the previous report by the Committee on this topic in 2006, and identifies what more the Mayor could do to improve provision.
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Publication date:
2011
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Keywods:
Public Toilets
Type:
Report

Author/s:
Communities and Local Government Select Committee
Summary:
This report seeks to consider the evidence and to produce simple and practical recommendations to improve this important social amenity. Our over-riding recommendation is that the Government imposes a duty on local authorities to develop a public toilet strategy, which should involve consultation with the local community, for their own area.
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Publication date:
2008
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Keywods:
Public Toilets
Type:
Report

Author/s:
Changing Places Consortium
Summary:
This guide aims to provide readers with the practical guidance on the design and management of a Changing Places toilet, as well as an understanding of why they are needed and who is likely to benefit from them.
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Keywods:
Changing PlacesDesignDisability
Type:
Design Guide

Author/s:
Jen Slater, Charlotte Jones, Lisa Procter
Summary:
This paper, in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, interrogates how school toilets and ‘school readiness’ are used to assess children against developmental milestones. Such developmental norms both inform school toilet design and practice, and perpetuate normative discourses of childhood as middle-class, white, ‘able’, heteronormative, cissexist and inferior to adulthood.
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Publication date:
2019
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Keywods:
GenderInclusion
Type:
Academic Paper