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Bill in Oregon Senate on access to toilets

A bill introduced this month the Oregon Senate would ensure restroom access in commercial establishments to a select group of  people.   Senate Bill 706  would require that places of public accommodation allow customer access to employee toilet facilities if customer has certain medical conditions. It specifies exceptions and punishes violation of requirement by maximum fine of $90. The bill states that ‘Eligible medical condition’ means the use of an ostomy device or a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, any other inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome or other medical condition that can cause a person to require access to a toilet facility without delay.”    Introduced by Senator Bruce Starr of Hillsboro on March 3, the bill is now being studied by the Commerce and Workforce Development Committee. Ummm.  Let’s think about this?   Does this mean that the rest of us will forfeit our right to use the restroom.  What about restroom challenged people without “medical conditions” like little kids, older people, and pregnant women?


Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, and PHLUSH realizes that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and health can be improved with adequate access to restrooms. We are beginning to dive into the intersection of restroom advocacy and MHM -- learn more by hearing our board President, Genevieve Schutzius, speak on the intersection…

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Is the Queen City ready to PHLUSH?

No matter one's position in life, the title of that old children's book applies: "Everyone Poops." From a manual laborer all the way to royalty, nature's call is one we all must answer - sometimes more urgently than others! That's why even The Queen City must admit that she's ready…

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PHLUSH is looking for volunteers!

Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising…

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