This is the One Day RSS Challenge! Give at least one day to help the visually impaired. As a company which helps businesses adhere to safety compliance regulations, we here at Regulatory Support Services wish to highlight how you can help those who have limited or no vision. By giving at least one day to this effort, you can assure, and the regulations require, that your business facilities are navigable by those with limited or no vision.
Here we provide you with resources which will assist you in your effort to eliminate the types of protruding objects which hinder those who are visually impaired. Protruding objects may present a hazard to them as they travel through the circulation paths of your building. You can help others by learning from these resources and by making a careful review of your building’s circulation paths to assess whether it is easy for the visually impaired to journey through your building without hitting protruding objects. In the easy-to-follow 9-minute video, provided by the United States Access Board, you will discover the specific measurements and allowances which conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards on this topic. The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. The Board is a leading source of information on accessible design.
The standards limit the projection of objects into circulation paths. These requirements apply to all circulation paths and are not limited to accessible routes. Circulation paths include interior and exterior walks, paths, hallways, courtyards, elevators, platform lifts, ramps, stairways, and landings. Also made available by the U.S. Access Board is a Technical Guide which will help you identify places in your building which must be addressed to remain compliant with the ADA Standards regarding protruding objects.
We encourage you to help your community and those who are visually impaired by taking a day to review your building to make sure that it meets the ADA building design standards. For questions or consultations, contact us. We welcome the opportunity to make this world a safer place for everyone.