Promoting the Universal Design (UD) of Plumbing Equipment The TOTO Universal Design Research Center carries out fundamental research into "people" and "ease-of-use." In cooperation with other research institutions, governments and various industries, we carry out industry-academic collaborative research and we publish the research in Japan and overseas in order to promote the basics of Universal Design (UD).
Toilets in medical welfare facilities are not only used for elimination of human waste, but for testing and health examinations, rehabilitation and where nursing care is given, and requires attention to detail and considerations not needed by other public facilities as well as a comforting, at-home feeling. TOTO researches toilets used in medical welfare facilities to offer a product that patients and medical caregivers can safety and comfortably use. To promote widespread adoption, the Hospital Restroom Society of Healing was established in 2000. And 6 companies are affiliated today.
School toilets significantly affect both children's physical and mental health because they are in locations where children spend the majority of their time in a day, and are even more important as evacuation locations when an area is opened to the community or in times of disaster. We also conduct surveys and research and make conferences presentations about plumbing equipment, such as through the School Toilet Research Group launched in 1996 companies in the toilet industry with the aim of developing toilets that can be used with confidence by children and local people.
Through the TOTO Water Environment Fund, the Company supports organizations that engage in activities to improve unsanitary living environments around the world. In past activities, we supported a project to revive old wells in drought-hit areas for securing drinking water. This project freed residents from the labor of collecting water that involved long distances and many hours of walking. In another project, new facilities, such as toilets, were installed at elementary schools with poor sanitary conditions, improving the educational and sanitary environment for children.