The needs of people with disabilities must be considered when constructing or renovating public buildings, like hospitals or businesses. This means making entryways and exits accessible, removing barriers, and ensuring that signage is clearly visible. Here are our tips on how to make your building accessible.
Make moving around easier
Make sure that hallways and entryways are wide enough to easily accommodate a wheelchair. If a stairway is necessary, consider also installing a ramp with an incline that isn’t too steep. To learn more about barrier-free design standards, visit the Régie du bâtiment du Québec website.
Choose non-slip flooring finishes
To ensure your clients’ safety, your floor should have a non-slip surface. At Surfacex, our polyurea- and epoxy-based floors have non-slip surfaces with excellent grip. They are also low-maintenance and dry quickly.
Make sure signs are clear and visible
Make all directions and instructions — entrance, exit, information point, toilets, etc — clear and visible. Also think of highlighting temporary obstacles, such as wet floors or ongoing repairs, with safety signs. Floor markings can be especially useful to the visually impaired. You can distinguish spaces by playing with contrasts, choosing flooring finishes in different colours for example.
Keep your space well-lit
A well-lit space will make moving around your building much easier, no matter your clientele. Choose low-energy light bulbs, which are more durable than traditional ones, and make sure your light levels are bright enough without being blinding.