BS8300 is a British Standard that sets out how buildings should be designed, constructed and maintained to create an accessible and inclusive environment for disabled people.
BS8300 is in place to ensure that everyone can use a built environment equally. Everybody – particularly the disabled, elderly or those less able to stand – should be able to enter, use and exit a building easily, comfortably and independently. This includes being able to escape in the event of an emergency.
Previous versions of the British Standard have focused on the provision of accessibility solutions specifically for the disabled. The most recent version, BS8300:2, however, has been developed to explain how developers can build inclusive environments from the start. That is, rather than bolting on separate accessible facilities, it details how the whole environment can be made universally accessible.
The detail of the document aims to give those in the construction industry a firm set of guidelines to adhere to in order to be fully BS8300 compliant. These guidelines apply to a wide list of areas – both within the building and within its immediate surroundings. BS8300’s guidelines are vast and extend to:
•Steps, stairs and ramps
•Corridors and passageways
•Provision of seating
And that’s just to name a few. Everything is considered as every aspect of a building has an impact on a user’s accessibility.
How does BS8300 relate to Doc M?
Doc M works in tandem with BS8300 to give practical guidance on how its requirements can be incorporated into the built environment.
In combination, they both set out the minimum standards that are required to adhere to the Equality Act, which was introduced on 1st October 2010 to replace the slightly older Disability Discrimination Act.
For further reading, check out our Doc M: What You Need to Know whitepaper for more information.
Does BS8300 apply to bathrooms?
It does. In fact there are 40 pages within BS8300 that relate specifically to the provision of sanitary accommodation (under Clause 18).
These pages detail how a developer should create an environment that is as accessible and pleasant to use as any other bathroom facility on site.
Clause 18 includes everything from accessible routes and minimum room spaces through to the appropriate positioning of air dryers and mirrors.
If the 40 pages sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry. The NYMAS team are fully trained to answer any questions you might have about your requirements when it comes to adhering to BS8300. So if you’d like something clarified, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.