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New ASTM Standard Aims to Improve Restroom Safety



The new ASTM International Standard, C1822, is designed to help improve safety of public bathrooms for people with disabilities.


By Dan Forino, P.E.   Plumbing & Restrooms

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Besides focusing on reduced water use via efficient flush and flow fixtures, selecting products for upgrades also needs to involve careful consideration of user hygiene.

New Standard Aims To Improve Restroom Safety

A new ASTM International standard is designed to help improve safety of public bathrooms for people with disabilities. The new standard, C1822, Specification for Insulating Covers on Accessible Lavatory Piping, provides guidance on protecting people from exposed pipes in accessible lavatories.

As part of the Americans with Disability Act, exposed piping in public restrooms must be insulated or configured to protect people in wheelchairs or with other disabilities. Insulating covers must protect against burns and other adverse reactions that could result from contact with hot or cold pipes. Covers also must reduce the potential for injury from contact with sharp or abrasive elements of piping.

The new standard identifies insulation materials and provides safety, health and durability criteria for combinations of materials and performance. As part of that, it allows designers and specifiers to select from four fire-performance classifications, depending on the type of building being designed.

For more information, visit www.astm.org.


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posted on 9/26/2017

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