When is Braille Signage Required?
It is only natural and to be expected for most people not to know when Braille signage is required. Often, you will have little or no experience on the subject but this will offer you no protection from the authorities if you don't comply with the laws. If you are unsure where to find the information, it can be found in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Section D3.6. In this article, we will look to give a brief synopsis of what is required and where Braille signage should be placed.
Some sanitary facilities for the disabled or blind will be unisex and these should be identified using the internationally recognised symbols of access for male, female or unisex. The signage should also display which side the access is to the WC pan by the symbols LH or RH (left or right hand side). The minimum size for this script should be 20mm and should be in the font San Serif.
Where Braille and Tactile Signs Should be Located
There are some quite strict rules and stipulations regarding where signage should be located. Naturally, this is to help a blind or partially sighted person to find the signage. The rules state that it should be "not than 1200mm and not higher than 1600mm above the floor or ground surface" and signs with single lines of characters should be between 1250mm and 1350mm above the floor. Where facilities are concerned, the signage should be on the latch side of the door and between 50mm and 300mm from the architrave. Signs for paths of travel should be located directly in front of the direction of travel. All signs should have a depth of 3mm.
Who is responsible?
Ultimately, it is the owner of the company's responsibility to ensure that the correct signage is in place and in the correct locations. The penalties can be quite severe for non-compliance so it is always wise to keep abreast of all the rules. Never cut corners by using inferior quality products as in some cases these will not comply with regulations. Checks are carried out by the authorities on a frequent basis so it is important that you are up to date with the latest regulations. A professional signage company that specialises in Braille and tactile signage will be able to assist and advise you on what you will require.
If you have conducted any level of research on the subject, you will have already realised that there are a number of companies that manufacture Braille signage. Sadly, as this is a growing industry there are a number of firms that offer sub-standard signage as well as inaccurate advice. It is always advisable to use the service of a company that has been in the business for a number of years and know exactly what is required. This can only be beneficial in the longer term and could potentially save you thousands of dollars.