The lobby/cubicle set up in the traditional toilet means the only entry control point is the main door. Open - and anybody can walk in. Shut - and nobody gains entry. For Councils with a set of traditional toilets, a member of staff has to go round unlocking the toilets in the morning and locking them up again in the evening.
There are a number of problems associated with this:
We suggest that, wherever possible, this process is either managed locally or through automating the door opening and shutting process.
In Direct Access toilets, entry is managed through automated locking. The door may be locked by a user inside, or by a time lock, which will open and shut the toilet in the morning and evening.
The locking system can be managed by a local timeclock style device, or more flexibly via a modem and remote management system. In practice, most Councils opt for the local timeclock which has a feeling (although perhaps not a reality) of greater reliability.
A charge is often levied at the door to allow entry. This can be managed using a simple coin entry system.
Healthmatic supply doors designed to be very robust, with a steel core and clad with a graffiti resistant skin. The frame will be cemented into place and the door hung on a quadruple hinge.
Coin Entry UnitsHealthmatic’s coin entry units are designed to provide a secure, effective and simple means of access control at the point of entry into the toilet. They are typically attached to a locking system on the door which will be released when the correct coinage or other token is used.
As part of this process, we can also count the number of users and provide web based updated reports on usage and cleaner activity to the manager of the toilet.
DoorsIt is also popular to retrofit whole coin managed doors to toilets in conjunction with a refurbishment plan. The great benefit of this is that the costs of toilet management will fall due to the door being able to manage auto open/close, coins and the switching on and off of utilities.
Swing or sliding doors? Swing doors are more user friendly and people feel more confident closing the door behind them. Sliding doors are less vulnerable to vandalism and are easier for less mobile people to operate, especially in the wind. Overall, we would recommend considering a sliding door for the DDA cubicle and swing doors for the regular cubicles.
Paddlegates and TurnstilesThe preferred entry control system for a high volume of users is paddlegates, which can either be operated by an attendant or via coin entry. Turnstiles, and similar barriers, are barred by the Public Lavatories Turnstile Act. There are moves afoot to update this law, but for the time being the Council must opt for the more expensive, but significantly more accessible paddles.
Paddlegates are extremely efficient at giving rapid access and exit. The typical turnaround time per person is less than 2 seconds, meaning a single gate can handle more than 30 people per minute. We have seen full height turnstiles (stadium entry style) in places, but these feel very draconian in a confined public space.