Introduction To DDA Handrails
The ideal solution for stairs, ramps and walkways, DDA railings are a system of horizontal rails supported by vertical uprights. They provide a continuous gripping surface without any breaks and are assembled using fittings and clamps.
Our DDA range has been designed in order to comply with the Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA), as well as, the Building Regulations Part M: 2004. You can buy our DDA handrails online and our trained technicians will install your new handrail system for you.
Our DDA handrails are quick to install, designed of galvanised fittings and tubes. These systems mean they are also easy to modify at a moments notice.
The DDA fittings are designed to be fully integrated with both new handrail systems, and in the refurbishment or upgrading of existing tubular structures, to help meet the newer access specifications required of pedestrian barriers.
DDA Compliance Requirements
DDA handrails should be implemented to provide a safe means of access for everybody, particularly those who may find it difficult to negotiate a change of level.
- Continuous and Smooth – Ensure that the surface of the DDA railing is smooth throughout its entire length, it should be easy to run your hand along the whole railing.
- Height and Clearance – Your railing must be between 900 mm and 1100 mm in height. If a DDA ramp is implemented, it must have a clear minimum width of 1000 mm. Further precaution can be taken for those short in stature, by implementing a second handrail at 600 mm.-
- Edge Protection – In scenarios in which there is a ‘drop off’, DDA ramps require a form of curb or rail in order to prevent wheelchairs for slipping underneath them. In some situations, a mild rail is sufficient.
DDA handrails with clamp fitting steel are perfect for areas which require ease of access to a wide range of people with varying physical ability. Our DDA handrail system does not require any welding or threading thanks to clamps, meaning they can be assembled without specialised equipment.
An example of use would be implementing DDA Compliant Handrails on external stairways leading to a commercial building (as recommended in Part M of the Building Regulations). There are over 11 million people with a limiting illness, and they account for 20% of the customer base for UK business. Therefore, making a commercial building safe and accessible for people of all physical abilities is a necessity for business owners.
Another scenario would be access to external stairways leading to a public building. All new buildings must be DDA compliant in terms of access. Existing buildings are regularly inspected to ensure steps are being taken to meet the DDA requirements.
FAQ’S Surrounding DDA Handrail Systems
Q – Do you install the DDA compliant Handrails?
A – Yes. Our fully trained engineers carry out installation work through the whole of the UK.
Q – Are you DDA Compliant Handrails sold secure?
A – Yes all of our Handrails are sold secure.
Q – Which type of fitting should I use on my handrails?
A – Our DDA Compliant Handrails are available with both internal expanding and saddle type fittings.
Types of Clamp Fittings
The DDA Compliant Handrails can be fitted with either an internal expanding clamp fitting or a saddle type fitting. Both are designed in order to achieve the singular smooth texture throughout the entirety of the rail and therefore are DDA Compliant.
Get Your DDA Handrail Today
Here at CT Safety Barriers, we strive for the best possible performance and quality in all DDA Complaint Handrails we produce in our UK based, purpose-built, manufacturing facility. We are an ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certified company that understands in safety, there is no room for error.
For further information on our DDA Compliant Handrails, call us now on 01977 666 818 or complete an online enquiry form.