New Bathroom Code

May 16, 2018

To the Editor:

The latest 2018 International Building Code provides for single-occupancy, gender-neutral bathrooms. This solves more problems than just gender.

It helps transgender restroom and bathing room issues related to OSHA, EEOC, the Civil Rights Act and state bathroom bills by having all toilet and bathing rooms single-user and gender-neutral.   

It helps paruresis restroom issues related to ADA, ADAAA and EEOC with single-user toilets available.

It gives opposite-sex parent and caregiver access to toilet and bathing rooms.

It can reduce building square footage and energy usage.

It reduces waiting lines for everyone, known as potty parity.

Bruce Pitts

Aiken, S.C.

The writer is a mechanical engineer.


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