When it comes to commercial washrooms, a fundamental element provides essential functionality and privacy to users is the toilet partition. This sometimes forgotten fixture is essential for preserving comfort, cleanliness, and hygiene in these communal areas.
A toilet partition is a barrier system created to separate distinct toilets or urinals, protecting users’ privacy and defining their personal space.
For a variety of reasons, full privacy partitions are required in school bathrooms, including:
- To ensure the utmost privacy to students and staff members who use the facilities;
- To lessen anxiety that some students may experience when using the restrooms, especially if they are being bullied or harassed by their peers;
- To create a safe and comfortable space for students who may have different gender identities or expressions; and
- To prevent anyone from outside the room from inadvertently entering.
As mentioned, there is a growing need in schools particularly secondary schools for full-height or full privacy restroom partition systems. Bullying is common in school bathrooms, mainly because these areas are often an extremely private part of the school building and are not supervised by teachers and staff.
A lot of anti-social behaviour occurs when students congregate in the washroom, which has brought about the need to rethink washroom design. Along with specifying full privacy partitions, the aim is to reduce the space around toilet cubicles whilst moving handwashing facilities into open spaces such as hallways. This allows for passive monitoring, helping students feel safer when using the restroom.