Accessibility in the built environment

Other government agencies that work with accessibility and their mandatory provisions concerning accessibility:

The Swedish Work Environment Authority

The Swedish Work Environment Authority manages work environment regulations. The requirements of work environment legislation on accessibility in premises and the Authority's directions accompanying the Work Environment Act are applicable in addition to the accessibility requirements of planning and building legislation. Unlike the Planning and Building Act, the Work Environment Act not only applies to new construction and alteration, etc., but to all existing premises where employees perform work for an employer. Schools are primarily work premises as their pupils are also counted as employees. Special forms of dwelling for the elderly are simultaneously a dwelling and the workplace of nursing staff. These dwellings must therefore meet both the requirements of BBR and the requirements of work environment regulations. You can read about accessibility in work premises in the provisions of the Swedish Work Environment Authority, Workplace design.

The Swedish Agency for Participation

The task of the Swedish Agency for Participation is to promote respect and awareness regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, and from a rights, diversity, gender equality and civic perspective, promote full participation in society for persons with disabilities of all ages and equality of living conditions. When there is reason to do so, government agencies are to consult with the Swedish Agency for Participation.

The Swedish National Heritage Board

There has been great progress with regard to creating accessibility in older cultural environments. The Swedish National Heritage Board is a national agency with responsibility for issues concerning the cultural environment and cultural heritage. The Heritage Conservation Act does not prohibit measures to increase accessibility.

The National Board of Health and Welfare

The National Board of Health and Welfare has regulations for dwellings under the Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments, LSS.

The Swedish Transport Administration

The Swedish Transport Administration works for the basic accessibility of interregional public transport, in part through the procurement of transport services.

The Swedish Arts Council

All cultural institutions in the areas of theatre, dance, music, literature, libraries, museums and exhibitions that receive government grants must have remedied easily eliminated obstacles and should only operate in accessible premises. This also applies to independent groups and others to the extent this may be considered reasonable.

In particular, agencies shall act to ensure that their premises, activities and information are accessible for people with disabilities. This work is to be guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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