If someone may be blind or are suffering any disability that is affecting their vision, then tactile indicator studs can be a very important safety feature to help them navigate any hazardous flooring, obstacles, or changes in elevation of floors more safely.
Unlike any construction safety materials e.g. non-slip step treads or handrails, which have got more general application for pedestrian safety, these tactile indicator studs have been specifically designed to help those suffering from vision impairment.
These tactile indicator studs offer a kind of sensory warning system, increase the floor visibility and reduce any slip and fall risks. OLEJÁR is a manufacturer of these warning studs. Tactile studs generally fall into 2 primary categories as follows:
1.Warning tactile indicators
These indicators are commonly referred to as certain hazard tactile indicator, these textured surface works almost like any stop sign when they are applied to any walking surface. Notifying vision-impaired pedestrians of imminent risks in their path of travel and assisting them in determining the best course of action.
2.Directional tactile indicators
They are also called leading tactile indicators and are having textured surface features having directional bars for providing directional orientation and will designate the continuously accessible route. Tactile ground surface indications, when used together, enable visually impaired or blind pedestrians to move confidently and independently in urban contexts.
Public uses of such tactile indicator studs
These tactile indicator studs can be one of numerous safety flooring solutions that should be implemented in every public building or any pedestrian area that has a lot of foot traffic, according to industry best practices. They are also beneficial in places where handrails and many other safety features are not acceptable.
Various common public spaces where you will find such tactile indicator studs or where they should be fitted are as follows:
- Hospitality venues e.g. various hotels, restaurants, and bars, or any such areas where there can be changes in the floor elevation like mezzanine levels or any low lighting areas.
- Public office buildings which are particularly around stairwells areas
- Schools and hospitals on various thoroughfares where there can be common occurrences of trips or accidents
- Museums, galleries, and other recreational facilities especially around steps or hazards created by sporting areas or exhibits
- Train stations/tram stops all along surfaces where most passengers are regularly embarking and disembarking from the transport
- Parks along the path with unlevelled treading, obstacles e.g. ponds or rocks, or any other safety hazards
- Retail stores where customers have to climb steps and stairs to access any shop/travel on a certain escalator.
- Pedestrian crossings to indicate where any safety crossing starts and ends.
- Areas lacking suitable barriers a few hazards that may not be protected by any railings or some other purpose-built barriers
Tactile indicator studs can be another practical approach to protect a structure for future usage. The over 65 population in Australia is predicted to quadruple in the next 25 to 30 years, implying that in the longer run, more pedestrians would require the assistance of certain safety flooring systems for mitigating the risks associated with eyesight impairment.