Tucked away and hidden from view, restrooms are unique spaces designed for everyone to use. As customers, we use them, we abuse them, and we take them for granted. As a business owner, restrooms are spaces that don’t produce income, create expenses in the way of time, labor, and materials, and are a source of significant liability. The liability discussed below is the liability due to improper construction and maintenance.
I know you’ve seen them. Plastic in the wall, toggle bolts still hanging in there, or just unpatched or even patched holes in a restroom. These items are clear evidence of where an old device was placed. Those plastic pieces of evidence are a dead simple giveaway that any relocated dispenser, mirrors, grab bar, etc. is no longer installed in it’s original location. It’s back on the wall, but the original location was a designed element. The new location is the closest spot maintenance was able to install the item without additional effort. The quick install saves time, money, and gets the facility back in operation, but it also serves as a beacon. It is a clear indicator of where your devices were designed to be, but no longer are.