This guide has everything you need to be compliant when installing a Doc M shower room in a commercial building.

Top things to consider in a commercial and public building with disabled showering facilities

1.     The shower room layout and correct location of shower control and fittings

2.     Space for someone assisting is needed with area for privacy with subdivisions in the room

3.     The room should be divided into specific wet and dry areas

4.     The approach, transfer to, and use of the facilities by disabled people


The minimum dimensions for a disabled shower and changing room are 2200mm deep x 2000mm wide. If it has a corner toilet WC then this increases to at least 250mm by 2400mm wide (see diagram below).

The Facts

Door should open outwardly with a horizontal grab rail attached on the inside

A wall mounted shower seat should be installed

An emergency assistance alarm system is request and must be reachable from the shower seat and the floor

Before choosing the colour of your grab rails, read our blog on Light reflective Values to help you select compliant rails as contrasting colours to the walls is crucial to be compliant

Hinged support rails are required to assist a wheelchair user to transfer to the toilet– see diagram for where they are needed and which ones you should install including hinged support rails

A weighted shower curtain should be installed that creates an enclosure around the seat and rails should be fitted that can be operated from the seat

The floor must be slip resistant and self-draining for safety and hygiene purposes

An adjustable and fixed shower head should be installed with independent controls that are positioned between 750mm and 1000mm from the floor

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