What Makes a Handrail DDA Compliant?

 

What Makes a Handrail DDA Compliant?

According to the 2010 Equality Act terms, there is a need to make reasonable adjustments to commercial and public holdings to overcome physical barriers that make it hard for the physically challenged to get access to facilities.

One way to make this achievement is by providing suitable handrails on all external stairways.

Handrails—A Guide To DDA Compliant Handrails

Aesthetic, Easy to Install & Modular

A DDA compliant handrail should be easy to install in stairs, walkways and ramps in conformance with the railing requirements set out in the Disability, Discrimination Act, and Part M of the building regulations and should meet the British Standards BS8300.

A compliant handrail should have a framework of horizontal rails that are supported by vertical posts that have been assembled from tubes and fittings. The rail should provide a continuous gripping surface along its entire length.

Quick and Cheap to Install

The railing system should incorporate galvanized fittings and be designed with versatility and ease of installation.

A good handrail will need to be ideal for use when creating new structures, and the system should be possible to use as a retrofit solution. Such a solution will make it possible to add a new handrail to the existing tube structure.

No Welding or Reliance on Specialized Labour

The rail fitting should easily and securely link to standard seven galvanized steel tubes, and be flexible enough to accommodate any variations between the drawings made, and the requirements at the installation site.

A good system will not require threading or welding and will be easy to assemble, without having to call in specialized workers, or leasing equipment to help with assembly. Galvanized fittings are recommended for use as they allow for long-term maintenance and be powder coated.

Pre-Engineering to Meet the Requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act

A compliant railing system can easily and quickly be integrated with fittings from a compliant fitting line to provide a solution that is cost effective and compliant with the disability discrimination act requirements.

Quality assurance is vital so as to ensure that users can use it with absolute confidence, and be suitable for use in areas such as stairwells and ramps.

When installing the rail ramps, it is recommended that you consider extending the rails runs past the stated minimum requirements of three hundred MM. When you are dealing with a closed loop system, it will be very important to make sure that the rail runs are extended, just to be on the safe side.

The hand rail should also be powder coated or an equivalent coating used to make the railing aesthetically pleasing.

Handrail Should Be Non-cold To Touch
A requirement of installing barriers or access solutions is that they should be non-cold to touch. Glass Reinforced Plastic meets this requirement

Handrails Should Be A Contrasting Colour
This enables the visually impaired to clearly view the structure. GRP comes in a range of powder coated finishes to assist in modifying the structure to a suitable colour scheme.