Commercial Bathroom Requirements

New commercial bathrooms and renovations to existing facilities must meet various requirements to ensure a safe, accessible, and sanitary environment.

Toilet—check. Sink—check. Hand dryer—check. Creating a commercial bathroom is that simple, right? Although it may not seem like it, commercial bathrooms are far more complex and must meet requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design and organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you need a new commercial bathroom for your business or want to upgrade an existing facility, here are some requirements you should consider.

Commercial buildings require an equal number of accessible facilities for both genders, or they must provide unisex bathrooms.

For working environments, the number of toilets that OSHA requires is determined by the number of employees.

  • Companies with 15 or fewer employees only require one unisex bathroom.
  • 16 to 35 employees require two toilets.
  • 36 to 55 employees require three toilets.
  • 56 to 80 employees require four toilets.
  • 81 to 110 employees require five toilets.
  • 111 to 150 employees require six toilets.
  • For every 40 employees over 150, one additional toilet is required.

All public bathrooms require A minimum of two toilets, with one extra toilet for every 250 people who enter the establishment.

To ensure privacy, single-toilet bathrooms must have a locking door. Bathrooms with multiple toilets must enclose each toilet with partitions (also called stalls or dividers) that include a functional door. 

All commercial restrooms require handwashing stations with running water, soap, and hand towels or dryers. Each bathroom stall must also include sanitary bins and coat/purse hangers. Additionally, all facilities must be adequately maintained and cleaned.

Many requirements are needed to make your commercial bathroom ADA-compliant, from heights and turn radiuses to layouts and accessories. Refer to our previous blog about ADA bathroom requirements for a more in-depth look at some of these requirements.

While they are not always a requirement, you must also consider accessories when creating a commercial bathroom. There are dozens of different types of commercial bathroom accessories, including:

  • Baby Changing Stations
  • Bathroom Signage
  • Dispensers
    • Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
    • Paper Towel Dispensers
    • Sanitary Napkin Dispensers
    • Soap Dispensers
    • Toilet Paper Dispensers
    • Toilet Seat Dispensers
  • Feminine Hygiene Disposals
  • Grab Bars
  • Hand Dryers
  • Mirrors
  • Shower Seats
  • Trash Receptacles

If you need Division 10 specialty products for your commercial bathroom, consider Holman, Inc. Whether you are looking for toilet partitions or bathroom accessories, we have you covered. Not only are we a wholesale distributor of commercial bathroom stalls and toilet accessories, but unlike other Division 10 contractors, we are also installers. From product selection through installation and user training, our team of professionals is ready to assist you every step of the way. We have been meeting the Division 10 needs of Jacksonville and the North East Florida region for over two decades and would be glad to assist you with your commercial bathroom. Contact us today to see how our exceptional customer service and quality workmanship can benefit your next project.

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