Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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Tilted toilet seat aims to improve business efficiency
Latest Industry research suggests that an average person spends around 25% greater time in workspace lavatories then necessary and it is estimated that in the UK alone, extended employee breaks cost industry and commerce £4billion per annum.
Standard Toilet says its new toilet design can help increase business efficiency and profits through reductions in social media usage and reduced time spent texting during office hours, by encouraging staff to spend less time sat on the toilet. Another advantage is, potentially, reduced queuing for public facilities, such as in commercial shopping malls and train stations.
The toilet bowl has been in existence since the 16th century and its basic design has not really changed, although what people do when using it, has. In modern times, the workplace toilet has for many become private texting and social media usage space.
Current toilet seats provide a horizontal seating surface. This enables a user to sit relatively comfortably on the toilet for long periods. As a result, a user may spend longer than necessary sitting on the toilet without short-term discomfort.
Designed to be used for both floor and wall-mounted WCs, Standard Toilet's seat is anything but standard. It slopes forward at an angle of between 11 and 13 degrees and thus changes the position of whoever is sat on it, making the whole experience less comfortable and thus encouraging a speedier evacuation!
The manufacturer also cites health reasons, saying that medical studies have suggested that using the traditional WC can cause swollen haemorrhoids and weakening of pelvic muscles. It suggests that the new design of seat could reduce musculoskeletal disorders and actually increase comfort through promoting the engagement of upper leg muscles, including rectus femorus, vestus lateralis, vastus medialus, and lower leg muscles, namely gastrocnemius & soleus.
The product should be of huge benefit for the following markets:
- Office & commercial buildings
- Shopping malls
- Public spaces
- Motorway service stations
- Pubs & restaurants
- Sports events, theatre & concert halls
- Seaside resorts
A global, all-encompassing patent covering a much wider possibility of sloping angles, is pending.
19th December 2019