It is estimated that there are around four hundred thousand people who are blind or vision-impaired in Australia. Tactile indicators are one of the best ways we can support blind and vision-impaired people to be able to move safely around in the community. Tactile indicators are used to provide warning and directional information. They can be used on footpaths to indicate a crossing or intersection coming up. They can also be used in carpeted areas to indicate stairs or access points. Planners, architects, designers and project managers may be involved in ensuring the proposed tactile indicator design meets requirements and is appropriate for the location. Our customers include builders, architects and planners. A number of factors need to be taken into account in the selection and installation of tactile indicators. Materials and size need to be considered. Domed or bar shaped indicators may be more suitable for certain types of locations. Tactile indicators can be installed using different installation methods and our instant-bond indicators are popular because there is no need to drill holes for pins, there is no need to fuss around using messy adhesives and most importantly there is no drying time. Instant-bond tactile indicators have a 99.9% adhesion rate so are considered very reliable and secure.
Benefits of Tactile Indicators
Tactile indicators enable people with vision impairment to be able to be independent and mobile around public spaces and in community buildings. These work because they enable pedestrians to feel a change in texture with their cane or feet. Tactile indicators are usually installed with a colour that contrasts the service on which they sit so that people with low vision can identify them as being present as well as feeling for them. Indicators give dignified access to businesses, making sure all of your customers and clients can get safely in and out of your premises. Our tactile indicators can be used at locations such as intersections and crossings, and in locations used for public transport such as strain stations, bus and tram stops and ferry wharves. It is mandatory to have tactile indicators at the top and bottom of stairs, ramps, escalators and elevators. Buildings that are used by members of the public are required to take steps to make their spaces accessible to all people. This includes hospitals, schools, universities, council buildings and government offices. Tactile indicators improve inclusion and provide better access in your business and they can be incorporated in design to enhance spaces through a contrast in texture and form.
Stainless Steel Tactiles
Tactile indicators must meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Section D Clause 3.8, Australian and New Zealand Standards 1428.4.1-2009 and The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Our tactile Indicators can be made from a variety of materials including precast concrete, polyurethane, stainless steel, rubbers and ceramics. Our stainless steel tactile indicator range is popular because stainless steel is extremely durable and will have a long life expectancy. Stainless steel indicators meet industry standards, and are available in a number of different sizes. Stainless steel tactile indicators come in a variety of styles and have different methods of adhesion and installation. This includes those which are self-adhesive, and those with interlocking secure installation stems. Our stainless steel indicators are made of non-toxic materials and are slip resistant. We always use and provide the latest technology to ensure a top quality product is provided every time. Our stainless steel indicators come with warranties against rust and corrosion. Stainless steel tactile indicators look particularly clean and contemporary and they are a great choice for more modern buildings to complement other design features and furnishings. They particularly suit hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs and theatres, and are often used in museums and galleries. We stock stainless steel plates which have indicators welded on to them. This is a great choice for locations where individual indicators studs are not appropriate or achievable. Plates can be installed on most types of surfaces and cannot be easily removed. For each of the stainless steel options on our website, you will find detailed information and instruction sheets which show you how to safely install the tactile. We can also arrange installation to occur for you. This will ensure the job is done to safety standards.