Ron Pynenburg is our expert in this area. He is an Accredited Barrier Free Advisor, as well as being a trainer for the Barrier Free NZ Trust. This sees him regularly auditing existing buildings, peer reviewing documents for proposed buildings, and training others on the requirements to make buildings useable to all, with particular emphasis on access and facilities for people with disabilities.
Initially, aspects of this may not appear to be relevant for some scientific facilities, however the same principles of accessibility (for people with disabilities) are directly relevant for the use of trolleys, the handling and moving of samples, the safe use of wet or hazardous areas, the list goes on.
To quote the Lifetime Design Foundation (of which Ron is a council member) "The issues of safety, ease, design and usability are not just 'older' people, or 'disability' concerns, but concerns for all of us throughout our lives. It is about all of us experiencing the world around us as being designed to meet our changing needs over time. Places need to be 'fit' for people, rather than the current practice that requires people to 'fit' the place".