What is DDA and Why is it Required on All New Buillds for Doors?
When constructing new builds, one essential aspect is the installation of the doors. Doors offer protection, access, and even add an aesthetic appeal.
It’s your job to confirm you have the finest and most cost-effective solution to ensure your premises are DDA compliant and accessible to all parties. In this case, it’s important to not only understand DDA more in-depth but also to know why it’s required on all new builds for doors.
What is DDA?
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) is "An Act to make it unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with employment, the provision of goods, facilities and services or the disposal or management of premises.” It also exists to establish a National Disability Council. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995 was set in place by the Parliament of the UK. However, it has been repealed and is now more commonly known as the Equality Act 2010.
DDA is in place to ensure sound provision is made so buildings are accessible and can be used by any person who is expected to enter the buildings, including the disabled. This list of people not only includes the disabled, but also those who might benefit from these types of doors as well such as shoppers, parents who have kids with them, and those who may need assistance due to other ailments or health issues.
What Does DDA Aim to Provide?
DDA is all about making sure your premises are inclusive and that it’s possible and reasonable for the disabled to access and enter your building. You must provide the proper entrance to avoid discriminating against certain groups such as those who are disabled. The whole purpose of the DDA is to force the end of businesses from discriminating against the disabled. This group of people must not be treated less favourably for any reason and adjustments must be made to the premise or facility to ensure accessibility at all times.
Why is DDA Compliance Required on All New Builds for Doors?
Since October 2004, service providers need to also make other 'reasonable adjustments' concerning the physical features of the premises as to overcome any possible physical barriers to admittance. The DDA is required for the design of new buildings and existing buildings alike and will be enforced concerning the provision of facilities, goods, and services.
How can UK Fire and Security Doors Help with Providing DDA Compliant Doors?
To comply with the current standards and building regulations, then your Safety Doors and entrances need to be designed and specified using ‘Effective Clear Opening Widths’ or (ECW). We understand you must have a lot of questions about how to comply. The good news is that UK Fire and Security Doors can help provide DDA compliant doors.
Here at UK Fire and Security Doors Ltd, we aim to make your journey to your new security door as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Our Security Doors and DDA Security Doors not only offer protection but we’ll ensure that they’re DDA compliant so anyone who wishes to enter your building can do so with ease.
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