Establishing your first office can be an overwhelming activity. You'll need to plan the layout for the office, install and test electronic equipment, arrange office furniture and so on. It's so easy to get caught up in these activities that you end up forgetting other important activities that need your attention. Making your office premises user friendly for persons with disabilities is an example of the 'other' important activities.
This article discusses a few things you should have in mind as you plan to cater for the interests of persons with disabilities.
Where To Start
You need to make a deliberate attempt to make vehicular access to your premises easier for persons with disabilities. The only way to do this is to create disabled-friendly parking spots within the larger parking area assigned to your premises.
Disabled-friendly parking spots have specific requirements that are different from those spelt out for spots used by other motorists.
With the right supplies, creating disabled-friendly parking lots should be an easy DIY activity.
What You'll Need
Among other things, you'll need to buy the following:
- Line marking stencils
- A handicap/wheelchair symbol stencil
- Yellow, white, and blue line marking paint
You'll need line marking stencils and line marking paint to delineate the specific spots that will be reserved for persons with disabilities. You'll need the handicap/wheelchair symbol stencil in order to create a symbol of access within each parking spot. You'll need bollards in order to make the disabled-friendly parking spots more visible.
You'll also need to enlist the services of a qualified contractor who will install kerb ramps around the disabled-friendly parking spots as required. This might be the only aspect of the activity that you might not be in a position to do on your own.
A Few Things To Remember
- Disabled-friendly parking spots should be closer to the entrances/exits of the premises so that persons with disabilities don't have to walk for long once they alight from their vehicles.
- Line marking stencils come in various dimensions. The lines used to delineate each parking spot should have a minimum and maximum width of 80mm and 100mm respectively. The cut-out portion of your chosen stencils should conform to these measurements. Because the markings are meant to be continuous, longer stencils should be easier to work with.
- Yellow line marking paint is meant for pavement markings only. The white paint, blue paint and the wheelchair symbol are meant for the access symbol. Find the dimensions for this symbol and other important requirements here.
For more information, contact local professionals like A1 Roadlines Pty. Ltd