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Help for accessibility FLOOR FINISHES

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Internal Floor Finishes is a guide to the simple considerations to include in floor finish selection to improve accessibility for all, particularly those with mobility or visual impairments. The result will rarely be special features helpful only for the disabled. Greater concern for slip resistance, for example, or using different floor treatments to signal major routes in unfamiliar public buildings, can be of benefit to all. The handbook is brief - this is not a complex or onerous subject. It notes the accessibility issues particular to different types of flooring, performance factors - safety, colour and tonal contrast, acoustics, comfort - and at key points in buildings such as entrances, stairs and floor detailing.

Internal Floor Finishes: Improving Access for All. Vin Goodwin. Specifiers Handbook 4. Centre for Accessible Environments, 0171 357 8182. 24pp. £5.

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