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NEW DISABILITY STANDARDS

  • December 9, 2009
  • Bruce Bromley

Please Note there was a minor typo in the newsletter as follows.

As they have not been referenced in the BCA they are now not law however they should be viewed as “Current Best Practice”. This however may create a problem for Building Surveyors, they may require alternative solutions to the current deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA.

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We have just received copies of the following updated Australian Standards relating to disability.

Released December 2009

AS 1428.1—2009Design for access and mobility
Part 1: General requirements for access—New building work
AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009Design for access and mobility
Part 4.1: Means to assist the orientation of people with vision impairment— Tactile ground surface indicators
AS/NZS 2890.6:2009Parking facilities
Part 6: Off-street parking for people with disabilities

Expected February 2009-12-09        

AS 3745—2009Planning for Emergencies in Facilities

 

 

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT US?

The recently released AS2890.6 (2009), AS1428.1 (2009) and AS1428.4 (2009)will not be referenced under the BCA until 2011, as they are associated with the Premises Standard. They are still waiting for final confirmation and release of this document; all have missed the Regulation Impact Statements for BCA 2010.

As they have not been referenced in the BCA they are not law however they should be viewed as “Current Best Practice”. This however may create a problem for Building Surveyors, they may require alternative solutions to the current deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA.

As Access Consultants it is our opinion these new standards are the intention for “compliance” with the DDA and should be considered for current projects.

Where can I obtain copies of the standard?
As the standards are Copyright we are unable to issue copies. They can be purchased from http://www.saiglobal.com/shop 

Blog
Due to the extent of changes and confusion these new standards will produce we have set up a section of our Blog called “New 2009 Disability Standards”. I will be posting as regularly as I can discussing the standards content and how they change from the currents standards.

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