Grab bars in Accessible Toilets

Grab bars shall meet the following requirements:

1. Grab bars are stable and are separated from the wall a minimum of 45 mm. It must withstand a force of 1 kN in any direction and have a circular diameter between 30 mm and 40 mm.
2. The transfer horizontal grab bars are mounted at a height between 700 mm and 750 mm and have a support length of 700 mm. The bars mounted in the transfer space must be foldable.
3. The distance between both grab bars installed on both sides of the toilet shall be
between 670 mm and 700 mm.
4. The toilet seat height shall be located between 450 mm and 500 mm.

5. In case of toilets with only one transfer area, a horizontal bar shall be mounted at 300 mm from the sanitary toilet edge with a minimum length of 700 mm and are mounted between 700 mm and 750 mm from floor level.

6. An additional vertical bar with the dimensions of the above drawing shall also be installed.

Full Guidance

SPgb1
SPgb2

SPgb1

The space between grab bars and the wall ≥45mm

SPgb2

Withstand a force of 1 kN in any direction

SPgb3
SPgb4

SPgb3

Circular diameter between 30 – 40mm

SPgb4

Horizontal bars height between 700 – 750mm. Support length of 700mm

SPgb5
SPgb6

SPgb5

Bars mounted in the transfer space must be foldable

SPgb6

With two transfer areas, distance between both grab bars 670mm and 700mm

SPgb5
SPgb5
SPgb6

SPgb5

Bars mounted in the transfer space must be foldable

SPgb6

With two transfer areas, distance between both grab bars 670mm and 700mm

SPgb7
SPgb7

SPgb7

With one transfer area, horizontal bars mounted in wall 300mm from the sanitary edge with 700mm length and mounted 700 – 750mm

SPgb8
SPgb9

SPgb8

600mm vertical bar mounted 700 – 750mm from ground away 700mm from the wall

SPgb9
Toilet height between 450 – 500 mm

Glossary of Terms

Tactile pavements are textured surfaces with contrasted colour that are perceptible and identifiable by feel or cane or residual functional vision that warns or informs people with visual disabilities.

Truncated domes in a grid pattern to provide a tactile surface under feet of blind users. They are used as a used as a warning of upcoming level changes or obstacles on the course of travel.

Flat topped elongated bars in the paving surface under feet of blind people. They are used as a directional sign to assist the independent mobility of people with visual disabilities.

Pendulum test value (PTV) is a measurement of the slip resistance of a floor surface, either an external or internal floor of a building. The least slip resistance a surface material is, the more likely people may skid or trip, especially in wet conditions. In average circumstances, slip-resistance is as follows:

0-18 = very low slip-resistance.

18-25 = moderate slip-resistance.

25-36 = good slip resistance.

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a numeric scale that is used to identify how much light a colour reflects or absorbs. It is used in universal design to identify the contrast between two colours. This can help to determine if there is sufficient contrast to visually identify a feature such as a fonts on a sign, elevator call button, a handrail and other items which need to be seen by visually impaired people.

The interaction space is the space required by a person to interact with another person, furniture, appliance, machine or another element.

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