BSI invites comments on draft standard for access to buildings for disabled people

The BSI British Standards has invited organisations and disabled individuals to comment on its new draft standard on access to buildings for disabled people. 

The standard gives guidelines for the design or adaptation of buildings to meet the needs of disabled persons. It applies to car parking provision, access routes to and around all buildings, and entrances to and interiors of buildings.  BS 8300:2008 also includes recommendations regarding facilities within buildings, such as public telephones and ATM machines.

BS 8300:2008, which will supersede BS 8300:2001, explains how the built environment can be designed or modified to anticipate, and overcome, restrictions that prevent disabled people making full use of premises and their surroundings.  The guidance in this standard covers a wide range of disabilities and the use of the built environment by disabled people who can be residents, visitors, spectators, customers, employees, participants in sports events, performances and conferences or those involved in public life. 

Dr Patricia Pay, Chair of the BSI committee responsible for the draft, said, “I urge interested parties to study this document, and provide suggestions for improvement or modification.  The committee is particularly keen to have the views of disabled people and organizations, of and for, disabled people.  What BSI publishes following this consultation will shape the built environment for years to come.”

To comment on the draft of BS 8300:2008 (Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice) please visit http://drafts.bsigroup.com . To download a large print version of the draft, please visit www.bse 31st igroup.com/bs8300dpc.

The closing date for comments is the 31st of July


Posted by Asif Yusuf

Publisher of Diversity Link




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