Purpose: The ramp is an important facility for the barrier free access and vertical circulation of usersof various buildings, including users of walker, wheelchair users, stroller users, and baggage carriers.
The installation standards for ramps in Korea have various problems during construction and BFcertification. It is necessary to improve the criteria for ensuring practical mobility and safety.
Method: Korean standard, International Standard(ISO 21542, 2011), German Standard(DIN 18040-1,2010), Austrian Standard(OENORM B 1600, 2017), Swiss Standard(Norm SIA 500, 2009), CanadianStandard(Building Standards Guide, 2017), American Standard(ADA Standards, 2010) wereinvestigated and analyzed. A comprehensive improvement of the ramp installation standards isproposed. Results: The ramp is a necessary facility for the barrier free access and vertical circulationof the disabled. It shall be installed with comprehensive consideration of the appropriate slope ofthe ramp, the distance of the continuous slope, the handle and upstand for pedestrian safety. Inorder to improve convenience, setting the proper slope and limiting the length of the slope arevery important, and improvements are required to the levels presented by international and foreignstandards. The unclear standards of Korean law and BF certification standards should be clearlyimproved so as not to be misinterpreted in construction and Barrier Free Certification. Implication:International and foreign standards should be reviewed to ensure practical mobility and safety. Andcomprehensive improvement measures should be presented through continuous research.