From Building networks
I thought this headline might grab your attention… Of course some of us do care, but the law does not. As you may know, section 103 1 (d) of the building Act has been deleted (March 2012 amendment). The net effect of this is that IQP checks for access and facilities for people with disabilities has gone from the law. All Compliance Schedules issued in this country in the past 20 years need to be changed to delete the need for this check.
But I wonder where is the protest? I have not heard any great outcry from the DPA, CCS Disability Action Group or the Barrier Free NZ Trust. Do they not care any more?
This check has been around since 1992 and it was designed to ensure amenities (Like accessible loos, car parks, stairs etc.) were kept in good working order for people with disabilities so they wouldn’t hurt themselves moving to and within the building.
But who cares of you elderly parent can’t park their car because someone’s left stock in the way, who cares if your the person with arthritics can’t open or lock the door because the lock mechanisms worn off, who cares if your special needs child falls off the accessible toilet because the handrail wasn’t fixed property, who cares of the toilets seat is unstable and sends the wheelchair users off their seat onto the floor?
Well quite obviously the Building Act no longer requires an IQP to inspect, maintain and report upon these features. So it’s left up to who ever runs the building to have a conscience and look after these things.
This (as many of you who have done training with me recently know) is only one of a few changes in the BWOF area. Don’t get me started on the removal of checks on safety barriers (or maybe that’s next week’s blog)!!