DDA Disabled Access Door Systems
Entrance access solutions offer cost effective disabled entry door systems guaranteed to ensure that your business complies with the latest Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) regulations. Unlike standard automatic doors low energy swing doors can be used as manual doors by the public or staff in a building but can also be activated as an automatic door usually using push pads mounted in a position that easily accessible if and when required. Features and Benefits include:
- Quiet, smooth and safe
- Wide range of activation options available
- External/Internal Door applications
- Ease of installation
- Ability to push or pull the door open
- Retrofit solutions to existing doors
DDA compliant low energy doors can often be retrospectively installed to existing doors making this a cost effective option.
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All our automatic door solutions are fitted with relevant signage and considerations include wheelchair access, door widths, clear vision panels, door entry equipment position and height; all with relevant dda door handles and dda ironmongery.
Safety sensors ensure automatic doors cannot open or close if obstructed and all automatic door operators can be fitted with a fail safe system that automatically opens or closes the door in the event of a power failure; which can be linked to fire alarm systems. They can also be fitted with a break-out facility to enable them to be pushed out manually to facilitate an emergency escape.
What are Disabled Access Door Systems?
The DDA, which is the Disability Discrimination Act was put into place to ensure that people with disabilities can gain easy access to any public premises. In essence, entrances should not discriminate against people who have mobility difficulties. DDA doors are an automatic door set-up which can be a sliding door or a swinging door. Any door can be converted into a DDA compliant system by adding access points such as a push pad entry.
Who has to have DDA compliant entrances?
Some people or organisations like employers, shops, local authorities and schools must take positive steps to remove the barriers faced because of a disability. This is to ensure everyone receives the same services, as far as this is possible, regardless of your disability. The Equality Act 2010 says changes or adjustments should be made to ensure anyone can access the following, even with a disability:
- goods and services like shops, banks, cinemas, hospitals, council offices, leisure centres
- associations and private clubs like the Scouts and Guides, private golf clubs and working men clubs.
More information on this topic can be found on the citizens advise website.
The best solution to initial access is always one that allows independent entry for a disabled customer without requiring additional assistance. Disabled customers will feel more valued if they are able to use the main entrance along with everyone else.
Making doors easier to use
Doorways and doors can be another barrier for disabled customers. While automatic sliding doors are ideal, it is recognised that they are not always possible. If independent access through the main entrance cannot reasonably be provided, it is important to try to:
- Designate an alternative entrance with level access
- Fit a call bell or an entry phone system
- Offer assistance over the step where stepped access cannot be avoided
- Offer alternative methods of providing services: such as, delivering to people’s homes or through the post
Practical suggestions for complying with DDA
- Position the door handles at a height one meter from the ground
- Replace the door handle if necessary by one that is easier to grip, such as a D-shape handle, and one with better colour contrast
- Make the door easier to open
- Check that entrance mats are flush
- Add safety markings to glazed doors
- Maintain doors to ensure that they open and close smoothly
Upgrading Manual Doors to be DDA compliant
Any automatic door is usually DDA complaint. However, things can get a bit more complicated with Manual Doors. EAS can offer a service where we keep the manual door system in place but also have an automatic motor attached to be activated when needed. This for example means, that the door is manually operated for most of the time, however, when someone does require assistance they can activate the automation and the door will become more easily accessible. This could take the form of a push pad, a swipe key or a call button. There are many options that we can bring to the table to ensure we meet your particular needs.
Installing Door Push Pads
DDA compliant Push Pads can be installed retrospectively in most cases. EAS can fit these devices on most standard doors even if they are not usually automatic.
Installation can be very simple and may only require us to change a couple of parts on your existing door system. EAS falls in line with the latest UK and EU safety regulations. We also can fit doors with safety sensors to ensure that when the doors open they do not cause harm to people. This ensures for example that there is not contact with the elderly, the infirm, children or anybody with a disability. Even security features like this can normally be retrofitted to a door system within a working day.
If you would like a FREE no-obligation quote specifically tailored to your requirements, then please get in touch to find out what Entrance Access Solutions can do for you.