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The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA)
Surelock McGill continually appraise their products against evolving security, fire, safety and building regulations and standards. As a result of this vigilance, product development keeps abreast of the changing regulations of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Public access to buildings now has to cater for people with disabilities. Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 deals with access to public buildings and residential accommodation. This Act is retrospective to include all new and existing buildings that are accessible to the public. The Act is not specific but sets out general duties and rules for compliance.
This is a Code of Practice for the design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people. It gives detailed recommendations on how to design a building to make it accessible to the disabled. Following its guidance should ensure that legal obligations under the DDA are met.
Building regulations* require that new and refurbished public buildings comply with DDA obligations to enable use by disabled people. The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) can provide further information on the law on its website: www.drc-gb.org
* Building Regulations (England and Wales) 2000, Approved Document M.
Meeting DDA requirements
Surelock McGill products can provide the accessibility and automation that the Disability Discrimination Act demands:
Safety for the disabled – vision panels provide a view of potential hazards, even through security, blast, ballistic and fire rated doors.
Simple door operation – door furniture and closure systems that function appropriately for disabled users and comply with the requirements of BS 8300:2001.