Spatial Requirements for an Accessible Aircraft LavatoryBy Philbrick, Kenneth; Pavol, Michael; TRANSED 2007 - 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons,
Publication Date: 2007
Review of an ongoing study to determine the spatial requirements for use of an aircraft lavatory by travelers with disabilities, and of the associated risks of injury to the travelers and those assisting them. The movements of circa 30 healthy men and women 18-40 years of age are recorded in a laboratory setting as they maneuver a traveler, represented by an anthropometric dummy, into an aircraft lavatory and transfer the traveler to and from the toilet. Trials are performed for four orientations of the wheelchair relative to the toilet (from 0 to 180°) with varying door locations and final wheelchair orientations, and the spatial volume used by participant, dummy and wheelchair are mapped. The risk of injuries to the transferor and traveler are assessed. The findings of the study may facilitate the design of wheelchair-accessible lavatories that are smaller than those available today while minimizing the risk of injury to transferor and traveler.
Published by: Transport Canada (Website:http://www.tc.gc.ca)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O16931