DDA Compliant Handrails

06/12/2018

DDA Compliant Handrails

“The DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) requires that handrails for certain applications follow a number of regulations and standards. DDA compliant handrails are therefore a regular requirement for stairs, ramps and walkways and are frequently specified by contractors and architects alike”

The most popular style of DDA compliant handrail is our tube-clamp style system made from a range of galvanized steel tubing and versatile and flexible fittings to overcome a wide range of installation scenarios. This clamp system allows installers to easily adapt and modify handrail sections as site conditions dictate.

Clamp style hand railing also benefits the general installer by not requiring any welding or bespoke fabrication (for the most part) and can be assembled without the need for specialised labour. DDA requirements advise the handrails must be ‘warm to touch’ so all fittings must also be powder coated or more frequently nylon coated to meet this requirement.

DDA regulations also dictate that all handrails must form a continuous gripping surface throughout its entire length. Many post and handrail systems, particularly pre-fabricated ones do now allow this in the design.

The tube clamp system can however look somewhat industrial so does not always suit the personal taste of many homes or buildings where DDA compliance is required- fear not, as specialist architectural fabricators DioMet are able to offer a whole range of bespoke fabricated solutions that not only look great, but are also fully DDA compliant.

Some basic principles of DDA compliant handrails follow :

1)      Handrails must be a continuous grip, smooth surface and both sides of a ramp or set of steps.

2)      As with most other handrail styles, the height must be over 900m from the ground

3)      Where there is a fall in height, the ramp must be constructed in such a way that prevents wheelchairs from riding under the handrails- this is usually achieve by way of a flat bar kick rail, or additional low level handrail.

4)      All handrail ends must be rounded or returned into walls, floors or baluster posts.

5)      Handrails must extend 300mm past the top and bottom of stairs or ramps.

 

 

Get in touch with us to discuss your DDA compliant handrail requirements on 0114 243 9009 or email sales@diometonline.co.uk

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