EHS sufferers: Have your say on access to buildings review

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is reviewing the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010.  These standards are reviewed every five years.  The goal of the Premises Standards is to ensure that people with a disability and their family members, carers and friends have equal access to public buildings.  The standards apply to new buildings, renovations on buildings and could apply to existing buildings.  Common areas in apartment buildings are also subject to the standards.

The current Premises Standards make NO provision for people who are electrically sensitive. 

Australia is fortunate to have a Disability Discrimination Act which has adopted a very broad definition of disability.  This underlying legislation lays the foundation for ready acceptance of environmental sensitivities; however, its provisions have FAILED to flow through into standards, such as the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010.

We need as many people as possible who have experienced difficulties in accessing public buildings due to their sensitivities to participate in this review.

If you have electrical hypersensitivity (EHS), or you are a carer for a child or parent who has suffered from electromagnetic radiation overload in public buildings, please give feedback.  The object of the Premises Standards is to provide people with disability dignified, equitable, cost-effective and reasonably achievable access to buildings, and facilities and services within buildings.

As the Premises Standards Review Team is not familiar with the causes or symptoms of EHS, make sure you explain the triggers within buildings that lead to symptoms, what you experience and how builders might modify public buildings in order to prevent these symptoms.

There are three optional questions that the Review Team would like you to think about before having your say; alternatively, you can make a general comment.

There are a variety of ways that you can do this.  You can complete an online survey or just upload a file (including a video, audio, image or written submission), or submit by mail.  Alternatively, you can make a time to provide your submission by phone.  Your submission can be confidential.

We need our schools, libraries, hospitals and other public buildings to be accessible to people living with EHS.  The spin-off is that it will also make these places safer for people who have yet to experience EMF-overload!

The link for providing feedback to the review is: https://consult.industry.gov.au/premises-standards-review-team/2020-premises-standards-review-discovery/

The review closes on 30 November 2020.

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