What are Tactile Indicators and Their Applications

Any public or business location will attract a very wide range of people. This necessitates the property owner taking all required precautions to ensure that visitors to those areas can move freely without the risk of slipping and falling. There are also certain standards that every business facility must adhere to during the construction process high-quality tactile products.

Tactile indicators are one kind of safety equipment, every owner should consider putting among the different preventative measures.

OLEJÁR is one of the Slovak manufacturers who is producing and supplying various high-quality tactile products which are used in various public places. Let us answer a few related questions about this useful product.

What is the purpose of these tactile indicators?

These are either elongated bars or raised truncated cones that are mostly installed on the roads or any other walking surfaces. The basic purpose of installing these indicators is to provide warning signals to those who are visually impaired pedestrians.

What kind of tactile indicators will be the best? 

If you want to use it for any outdoor applications then prefer to use any stainless steel or polyurethane-made tactile indicators. 

For indoor applications, polyurethane-made tactile indicators will also be quite suitable. You can install them after the flooring has been completed. Yellow is the standard color used for these indicators. However, they can be made of any color.

Stainless steel tactile indicators are considered to be of premium quality and they will offer much more strength comparatively.

Can these tactile indicators be installed in a DIY way? 

Of course! They are so designed that they can be installed easily in a DIY way if you are familiar with using various tools that are used for their installation.

What are different varieties of tactile indicators?

Basically, there are 2 main varieties available for these tactile indicators:

  • Directional tactile
  • Warning tactile.

These indicators can be of plastic, stainless steel, or ceramic finishes. They basically will act as a certain discrete guidance system. These products may also come in individual or any mat form also.

  1. Directional tactile

Visually impaired people are guided along a safe path using directional tactile. Any directional pointer will be installed as a long rectangular strip on the floor surface with these tactile. These directional tactile can be commonly utilized in public transportation zones and for crossing streets. 

  1. Warning tactile

Warning tactile are generally used to inform the visually impaired public to an impediment or hazard in their path. Warning tactile are generally used on things like steps, stairs, escalators, trains, wharves, and ramps to protect the sight handicapped from dangerous objects. 

What are the different applications of tactile indicators?

You will find these tactile indicators are installed in the following places such as:

  • Elevators
  • Entry and exit points
  • Escalators
  • Intersection kerb ramps
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Public transport facilities
  • Ramps
  • Stairs

When these tactile indicators will be used at many different facilities that offer public transport, then they can easily alert all pedestrians irrespective of they are visually impaired or not. 

They are used in the train platform edges at various railway stations, tram and bus stop areas, and also at different ferry docks.

 Author: Siddhi Chothani

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