The Case for Accessible Exits

Lady in wheelchair at top of stairs unable to exit buildingThere is growing awareness of the need to provide suitable exit signage to identify accessible egress paths. This has been addressed within the International Building Code which requires “AREA OF REFUGE” signage identified with the International Symbol of Access.

Furthermore, ISO 7010 and ISO 21542 now provide an option of the Japanese exit sign (or ‘Running Man’ sign) with a European equivalent of the International Symbol of Access at the end of the sign.

This section provides evidence to support the use of the accessible exit sign design presented in this paper, which can be used in any performance-based building solution. The following is discussed in detail:

Buildings need exit and emergency signs to identify parts of the accessible means of egress. An Accessible Exit Sign Project Initiative.

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