British Toilet Association

British Toilet Association

November 18, 2005 08:45 ET

WORLD TOILET DAY - 19TH NOVEMBER

WINCHESTER, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) -

SPOTLIGHT ON TOILETING

Saturday 19th November is World Toilet Day, when the 30+ national toilet organisations around the world focus attention on the need to raise standards of toileting - particularly 'away from home' - in schools, hospitals, transport facilities and public places.

The British Toilet Association hosted the 2005 World Toilet Summit, in Belfast, at the end of September, during which the 300+ delegates from 33 countries declared their support for 'The Belfast Protocol' (see below).

This was subsequently presented to Local Government Minister, Phil Woolas, as part of the BTA campaign to get 'away from home' toilets onto the UK political agenda.

"This is a major breakthrough" quotes BTA Director, Richard Chisnell. "After six years of campaigning, the Government has finally accepted that public toilet provision in the UK is not what it used to be and certainly not what it should be. Whilst we acknowledge the need to raise standards globally - particularly in those countries where there is no proper public sanitation, the BTA believes that there are serious health, safety and economic issues associated with poor public toilet provision here in the UK. Many countries in the Far East and Europe now provide better public toilets than ours and Britain's network of Victorian PC's, once the envy of the world, have fallen behind countries where Governments have attached a higher priority to this basic everyday front line public service. The BTA has been asked to prepare a range of best practice solutions which Government will hopefully endorse and communicate to Local Authority providers in the New Year. This is good news" said Chisnell, "and marks the start of some real action in our campaign to raise standards."


Note: A further 20% of UK public toilets have been closed by Local Authorities since 2001.


CAMPAIGNING FOR BETTER TOILETS FOR ALL

INTRODUCING 'THE BELFAST PROTOCOL' ENDORSED BY OVER 300 DELEGATES FROM 33 COUNTRIES ATTENDING THE 2005 WORLD TOILET SUMMIT

NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD MUST BE ENCOURAGED TO:-

1. Attach a high political profile to the subject of satisfying toileting needs 'away from home' in any type of location.

2. Support global initiatives to satisfy the toileting needs of the 2.6 billion people currently without access to proper sanitation. That's 42% of the world's population!

3. Introduce a legal framework for toilet provision by all local / regional municipal authorities, transport operators, health, education and hospitality establishments, based on geographical coverage and / or numbers of anticipated users.

4. Support the introduction of minimum standards of specification and cleanliness in all 'away from home' toilets.

5. Ensure that all management, supervisory and operating staff, involved in toilet provision and cleaning or maintenance, are adequately trained, to achieve and maintain proper standards.

6. Ensure that any criminal activity and / or anti-social behaviour in or around public toilets is minimised through relevant legal and / or regulatory controls, as well as educational and information initiatives directed towards toilet users.

7. Promote inclusivity with regard to 'away from home' toilet provision, to ensure that all users with special needs - the young, family groups, the elderly or infirm and mentally or physically impaired persons are properly catered for.

8. Introduce an annual audit of all 'away from home' toilets, to monitor and control the maintenance of adequate standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

9. Promote the introduction of relevant medical research to ensure that hygiene and health issues, relevant to 'away from home' toilets, are properly addressed.

10. Support the establishment of a National Toilet Organisation within their country, to assist the implementation of all the above and to provide information and statistics relevant to 'away from home' toilet provision to appropriate Government authorities.


BTA website: www.britloos.co.uk
WTO website: www.worldtoilet.org

Contact Information