Accessible & Gender Neutral Toilets

Guidance on the provision or conversion of Gender Neutral Toilets (GNTs)

We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive work and study environment for all staff and students.  We recognise that some members of the University community may identify as being non-binary and/or do not identify as either male or female and that non-gendered facilities such as toilets and changing facilities should be provided where possible.  We are also mindful that some groups may not be comfortable with gender neutral toilets for religious or cultural reasons and will therefore take steps to ensure that both gendered and gender-neutral toilets are available across our Estate. 

Gender Neutral Toilets

We are supportive of Bristol SU and NUS campaigns to install more gender neutral toilets (GNTs) across our Estate and as such have adopted the NUS definition of GNTs as ‘toilets and/or bathroom facilities which do not have gendered signage and which do not require the person using them to define into a gender.’

List of GNT's on campus 

As part of a four year project to update all toilets in University buildings, here's a list of where you can find Gender Neutral Toilets on campus.

Guiding Principles

We aim to incorporate GNTs into new buildings where capacity allows.

When refurbishing toilets in a building any decisions regarding the provision of GNTs should be made within the context of the following guiding principles:

 

  1. The University should provide welfare facilities compliant with relevant legislation, such as the Workplace health, safety and welfare (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Provision of new facilities will comply with relevant legislation and policies such as Building Regulations and University generic project requirements. 

  1. Any person should have access to use the facilities they feel most comfortable with. This means providing male only and female only facilities.  It is not acceptable to restrict access only to gender neutral toilets.  

  1. Remodelling and refurbishment of toilets should be sympathetic for all building users. A range of choices should be available. 

  1. Any refurbishment of toilets should not cause the building provision to fall below minimum guidelines.   

  1. Offsetting the aggregated provision of sanitary conveniences and welfare facilities in neighbouring buildings to allow for a loss of provision in one building is not recommended. 

  1. The conversion of specific disabled accessible toilets to gender neutral toilets is not recommended. 

  1. Conversion of women’s toilets to GNTs is not to be used as a solution to increase overall capacity in a building.  

  1. Remodelling of existing functionally compliant toilets to GNTs is not funded from central maintenance budgets. 

  1. Cubicles within a GNT should have floor to ceiling height partitions and contain wash hand facilities, hand dryers and sanitary hygiene bins.  

 

UoB Version 2: 13 December 2018

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