I have received several messages from readers of the NAPHS Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities in the last few days regarding American Standard Company having changed the designations of their toilet fixtures that are listed in this document. These writers have pointed out that the Eljer and Crane fixtures listed have all been discontinued.
First of all, nothing in the Design Guide should be regarded as products that the “NAPHS would deem acceptable” or as being “approved” for use in these facilities. The NAPHS and the authors are not endorsing any products. The purpose of the listings in the Design Guide is to help people find products that may be somewhat unique and may be better suited for use in behavioral healthcare facilities. The following statements have been included in every edition of the Design Guide:
“…we have highlighted products that we have found to be both safe and able to withstand the rigors of use in the behavioral healthcare environment. However, inclusion or exclusion of a product does not indicate endorsement or disapproval (nor that any product we identify is free of risk). There may be equivalent products available: all facilities should continually look to the marketplace to find products that are safer and more cost-effective.”
Regarding the toilet fixtures in question, a simple phone call to the 800 numbers listed in the design Guide revealed the following information:
The Crane Sanwalton fixture is no longer available. American Standard (who owns both Crane and Eljer) now has a fixture called the Huron which is model number 3341.001 with an integral seat and a 3342.001 with holes for a standard seat, both of which are handicapped height. They are both floor mounted, back outlet, back spud (water supply) fixtures and appear to be very similar to the discontinued Crane Sanwalton fixture.
American Standard Company (who also owns Eljer) has discontinued the Eljer Newark 111-5207 standard height fixture, but the American Standard Neolo 2531.116 integral seat and 2530.116 with holes for a standard seat are still available.
As you can imagine, it is very difficult to keep up with the whims of all of the manufacturers listed in the Design Guide. I appreciate readers pointing these issues out to us so we can attempt to keep the information in the Design Guide current. However, since the document is available free of charge and the contact information for all companies is included (we do attempt to keep that current), we suggest that it would be more expedient if the readers contact the companies directly for any and all questions that may arise.
We will make these revisions in future editions of the Design Guide and very much appreciate people letting us know of errors in the document so we can make the needed corrections.