New code to improve access for families, elderly and the disabled
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) unveiled on Friday a new Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment that includes new provisions for families and an expanded scope for the elderly and the disabled.
For families, new provisions are in place to ensure that public buildings and spaces frequented by these users will have nursing rooms and toilets that young children can use. Family car park spaces must also be provided at these areas.
For the elderly and those with mobility impairments, the new Code will ensure more toilet compartments with grab bars to give them additional support.Wider corridors, non-slip strips at staircases and hearing enhancement systems will also be in place for persons with disabilities.
Braille information will also be required at staircases and toilets for publicly accessed buildings.