Swansea University puts up toilet instruction posters

 
One of the posters The university said the posters were having a positive effect

Posters have gone up around a university campus instructing students on how to use the toilet properly.

Swansea University says it has produced them to help address cultural differences.

The posters include images showing students what they should and should not do.

Some students have called them ridiculous but others say they are a good idea to help keep the toilets clean and hygienic.

The images on the posters show a drawing of someone standing on a toilet seat with a red cross and another with a figure sitting correctly with a green tick.

It asks students to ensure used toilet roll is placed in the toilet and to make sure they flush it properly for the next person to use.

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The informational posters were produced, for use in both male and female facilities, to help address cultural differences that were unfortunately causing damage and hygiene issues”

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In some countries in South East Asia where people squat to use the toilet there are posters informing Westerners how to use them.

In parts of the Middle East where plumbing systems cannot cope there are posters informing people not to put toilet roll down the toilet but in bins.

A university spokeswoman said: "Swansea University is a multi-cultural campus community and the informational posters were produced, for use in both male and female facilities, to help address cultural differences that were unfortunately causing damage and hygiene issues.

"The information was produced in conjunction with the International College Wales Swansea (ICWS) and displayed in key areas around the campus.

"Since the inception of these posters, the situation has greatly improved in the affected areas."

Images of the posters have appeared on Twitter with some students criticising them.

Student James Trott told BBC Wales: "It's a bit stupid really... it's just pretty damn funny."

But Temi Coker said she thought they would be useful to some students.

"There's nothing demeaning about it. It's just an instructional poster."

Her friend Teresa Jenkins said she welcomed any move that would improve hygiene on the campus.

"It is important to do as much as possible to keep the toilets clean," she added.

 

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    Comment number 147.

    20-odd years ago, our parent company employed a large number of Turkish employees. They had exactly the same pictograms in their toilets. We shouldn't assume that everyone knows how to use, what is largely, a Western invention!

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    Comment number 130.

    Well, I work in an FE college with very little cultural diversity. It appears that a lot of the students have never been shown how to flush a toilet. It's the cleaner that I feel for.

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    Comment number 44.

    A long long time ago I worked at Metro Cammell in Birminghan. They made rail carriges. Carriages destined for railways in Asia & Africa had toilets where a footprint was cast into the ceramic each side of the bowl & grab handles were fixed to the walls (moving train-remember). A crouching not sitting position was normal. No stigma, but a re-education to meet local standards is common sense

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    Comment number 32.

    Similar signs have been up in the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge for the last year and a half, although with less well drawn people...

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    Comment number 1.

    I work in the Offshore Oil business and we have had to put these kind of signs up when our western built vessels have worked in the certain areas around the world. Not a stupid idea at all, different cultures have different toilet systems and our "Sit down" type is very alian to a lot of people.
    There have been some very nasty accidents with toilet bowls breaking as well if not used correctly

 
 

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