Thoughts on Washroom Design and Operation Post Covid-19

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This briefing note highlights how existing washroom layouts can be adapted and operated to minimise the risk of infection transmission and considers what changes may be needed as we start to reimagine the design of future office spaces in a post-pandemic world.

Publication Date 25 Nov 2020
Title Thoughts on Washroom Design and Operation Post Covid-19
Category BCO Research & Policy
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Description The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed serious shortcomings in the current design of office washroom, shower and changing facilities. There is currently very little guidance on the design of these areas related to coronavirus infection control even though they are probably some of the most frequently visited spaces in an office building and where all known viral transmission paths are prevalent. Ensuring significant and visible hygiene improvements in these spaces will help to build confidence in the office environment which will be key to the return to workplace as part of the post pandemic economic recovery. The recommendations provided by the BCO highlight how existing washroom layouts can be adapted and operated to minimise the risk of infection transmission; and consider what changes may be needed as we start to reimagine the design of future office spaces in a post pandemic world. The availability of an effective vaccine may make many of the measures recommended unnecessary, but an investment in the health and wellbeing of office workers will repay itself many times over during the lifecycle of a building and help create a more resilient asset better able to meet the challenges of the future.