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Clos-o-mat discuss best practice in hygiene for school washrooms

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 27, 2016 | Supplier News

Continence in schools, and toilet provision, are growing issues. Research has shown that more than half of teachers questioned reported seeing more children starting school with continence problems, yet were unsure how to deal with it. Further, in a recent competition on the ‘ideal school’, toilets were mentioned in almost every one of the 15,000 entries. 

Over the summer recess, improving school toilets, and particularly hygiene room provision, is a cost-effective way of addressing the issues. Something is simple as changing a conventional WC for a ‘wash and dry’ toilet will help deliver consistent cleanliness after any little ‘accidents’, with optimum privacy and independence for the child. 

“There is actually no legislation governing cleaning and maintenance of school toilets, nor the provision of the necessary accessories- supply of toilet paper, soap etc.” observed Kelvin Grimes, ‘away from home’ toilet project manager at Clos-o-Mat. “Yet it is even more important than ever: there are more children with special needs, more are in mainstream schools, and there is growing incidence of lack of continence among able children. If there is even just one WC in the school that is a wash and dry toilet, teachers have an appropriate facility to help all the children be properly clean after an accident, without any worries about wiping clean with toilet paper, hand-washing, faecal contamination.”

Clos-o-Mat is the market leader in the supply of assisted toileting, and manufactures the brand-leading wash and dry toilets, which can be used as conventional WCs but also have built-in douching and drying, to eliminate the need to wipe clean. Easy to operate, simultaneous flushing and douching, followed by warm air drying, is triggered by remaining seated and pressure on the flush pad. The Palma Vita can be easily adapted to accommodate younger users, with a range of paediatric supports; the Lima Lift version is fully height adjustable, enabling it to be lowered or raised as each user requires. 

The Clos-o-Mat wash and dry toilets are complimented by all the additional fixtures needed to equip a hygiene room- adult- sized height adjustable changing benches, hoists, washbasins etc. Uniquely, in addition to providing all the specialist equipment, Clos- o-Mat can, in- house, deliver design advice, supply, install, commissioning and aftercare service & maintenance.

The provision is further enhanced by comprehensive technical support, including CAD blocks, white papers, and typical layout diagrams, all of which can be downloaded at




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