Public safety features you might have missed in your practice design

Public safety features you might have missed in your practice design
July 9, 2019 Dentifit

At Dentifit, our bespoke and custom fit-outs for dental, medical and commercial practices mean that we are always taking steps to ensure the services we provide are leading the way for other shop fit out and construction businesses. Our latest update to our repertoire of innovative practice design features is public safety and access solutions. These solutions have been developed to ensure that trip and fall hazards are minimised in your practice.

During a major refurbishment or a new build, larger details and design features tend to take up a lot of time, and often these small yet crucial fixes can be overlooked. At Dentifit, we know the dangers of focusing only on the aesthetics of a practice transformation at the expense of attending to trip hazards scattered throughout the clinic. Dental practice customers range in age so it’s important that all trip hazards are properly identified. The last thing you want is for one of your patients to trip and fall due to a lack of hazard warnings!

That’s why Dentifit has enhanced the safety of your patients by minimising trip and fall hazards with certain features that not all shop fit-out companies will utilise. These features include:

Stair nosing

Stair nosing is the protective covering you see on the corners of the stair edges. It aids in helping people get a firm step on the edge and is lined with non-slip surfacing, to ensure there are no skinned shins or falls when ascending/descending the stairs.

Tactile indicators

Tactile indicators help people with visual impairments understand where they are and what they’re approaching. The truncated cones or shapes under the feet let visually impaired people know that there may be upcoming changes in the floor gradient, as well as alerting them to hazard surfaces or if they’re approaching a street. There are also minimum luminance contrast requirements to ensure that the tactile indicators are clearly visible.

Entrance matting solutions

Entrance matting is necessary for high volume foot traffic areas, and using the correct entrance matting can help to further minimise risk in these areas. Certain types of matting will soak up water or dirt that is walked into the premises. Ensuring the majority of this debris is removed from the shoe means that the risk of slipping later is lowered significantly.

These are just a few of the safety features we can include in our refurbishment or new fit-outs projects, but we advise on a case-by-case basis. What works for one particular fit-out may not be suitable for another. That’s why we consult with you thoroughly before work commences to understand who your clients are, and how your bespoke fit-out will benefit them. Of course, all of our public safety and access solutions comply with Australian Standards (1428.1 2009), so you can always be assured of the top quality and ongoing regulatory compliance of Dentifit’s work.

Does your surgery need more than just a few quick fixes to take it to the next level (without trip hazards on the way)? Dentifit specialises in reinventing and transforming medical and veterinary practices with our innovative design and fit-out approach. Take a look at our recent projects or contact us today for more information!