While not many people give it a second thought nor realize the importance, buildings have to satisfy strict accessibility requirements. One of the most important reasons for this is that a building needs to be easily accessible even by the disabled.
For instance, rather than only including stairs to get from one floor to the other, ramps and elevators need to be available to allow those using wheelchairs to get around. There are many other examples, such as including large and clear indicators for people with vision impairment and providing unisex restrooms.
Many laws, regulations, and standards that revolve around the construction of different buildings focus on accessibility. They are there to make it fairer for everyone in it to get around, whether they are disabled or not.
With that being said, when it comes to building wheelchair ramps, one of the requirements you need to satisfy that many other builders fail to comply with is the AS1428. Here is what you need to know about it:
What is AS1428?
The Premise Standards set AS1428 as a national requirement for new buildings, including already-built property that is undergoing work to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). While the DDA itself does not set the building requirements, what it does do is bring awareness to such issues.
What are the examples of AS1428?
AS1428 is the list of specifications your building needs to satisfy in terms of building sanitary facilities, pathways, ramps, and so on to be accessible to disabled individuals. For example, paths must offer unobstructed and easy travel for every user and have no steps in their design. Another example is that toilets and other sanitary facilities need to be user-friendly.
Other than focusing on the utility of these facilities, AS1428 also talks about providing the best experience to people. For example, about half of all toilet facilities need to have a unisex toilet, and these toilets should tell the individual where other toilets may be located.
What about AS1428 for wheelchair ramps?
There are a few requirements set under AS1428 that relates to how certain construction features, such as ramps and pathways, need to be friendly to disabled personnel. For instance, under AS1428.1, the maximum gradient of a step ramp must be at least 1:10 the length and not exceed 190cm. Kerb ramps should be at least 1:8 of 154cm or less.
Both of these requirements are to ensure that those traversing the ramp are not too easily fatigued. Note that these specifications may change, depending on particular situations.
Disability-related requirements, such as those stated under AS1428, are some of the many things you will need to comply with when constructing a new building or working on an old one to satisfy the DDA.
Since there are so many requirements to keep in mind, it can be tough to keep track of everything you need to do. For that reason, we highly recommend working with builders who have comprehensive knowledge of building codes and legal requirements. That way, you can ensure your building provides the best experience for any visitor and keep yourself out of legal trouble.
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