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History of Wheelchair Accessible Portable Bathrooms

April 18, 2013

The need for wheelchair accessible portable bathrooms


People with special needs work, play and pray in the same structures as everyone else. One of the allowances that often must be made for them is providing wheelchair accessible portable bathrooms. These have made it easier for people confined to wheelchairs to go to concerts, parties, sporting events and many other social gatherings.

Portable toilets have been around for quite some time. In the 1940’s a number of companies began to recognize the need for and potential of portable toilets for both the general public and people who use wheelchairs. Outdoor bathrooms had long been built either from wood or corrugated metal. However visionary entrepreneurs began to experiment with a new material. Fiberglass. Producers used fiberglass wheelchair accessible portable bathrooms for a few years. Then they saw some weaknesses associated with fiberglass. It was breakable and it held the odors too long.

This led to the use of a new lighter, more durable material. Polyurethane plastic. Producers preferred using polyurethane plastic because it’s durable, lightweight, easy to clean and light enough for one person to load and unload them. At the same time they added refinements like locking doors and occupied signs. These things made it a little more private, but the portable toilets were still difficult for wheelchair bound people to use. It would take several more years before an intrepid entrepreneur saw the value and need for portable toilets that were roomy enough and accessible to people with wheelchairs.

The need for wheelchair accessible portable bathrooms led to the creation of a portable toilet with room enough to maneuver a wheelchair, have handrails and a flat, ground-level floor. Most also have good ventilation and a heavy-duty plastic interior that is easy to keep clean and dry. This has benefited more than just the wheelchair bound. It allows parents to be able to accompany their young children to the portable restroom. These specially designed portable toilets also allow promoters to fulfill the Americans with Disabilities Act requirement that at least one wheelchair accessible restroom for each gender be made available.

Looking for a portable toilet solution?  Contact Honeybucket at (512) 309-4609.