Disability Discrimination Act Compliant Door Ironmongery
DDA compliant products are varied, we are showing just a selection of what is possible.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was developed to prevent discrimination on Physical Grounds against people with disabilities.
Part M of the Building Regulations is a document outlining regulations for buildings and fittings which will allow people with physical disabilities reasonable access to a building and its facilities. We have outlined some key points and examples of specific pieces of Ironmongery which can aid accessibility, it is important to consider the use of the building before specification work starts.
DDA Compliant Door Furniture:
- The Main issues for pull handles and door furniture in relation to accessibility are;
- The need to grip a door handle or operate it with a closed fist.
- Avoidance of clothing being caught
- Avoidance of very cold surfaces - warm to the touch.
- Visual Contrast of Door Levers against door finishes.
Where a standard door latch is fitted the type of door furniture that best suit all the requirements is a round bar return to door door lever.
If you need door furniture in a private home that needs to be operated by an elderly or disabled relative or a child then most door levers are acceptable, however it is better to avoid fitting them with "Heavy Duty" latches and stick to fitting the handles to a softly sprung latch to aid operation.
For optimum visual contrast then the door levers need to be a different colour to a door, so a white door would require darker door levers and a dark wood door would require some reflective or light door levers such some chrome door handles.
It is part of Building Regulations to fit a suitable door threshold to allow better access by wheel chair users or the elderly.
Please see the attached PDF on Part M compliance.
All overhead door closers are shown with a cover plate (except concealed and contract) but will not look as shown if you choose a silver painted (lowest cost) version.