Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw

Handrail & Balustrade Solutions - The Equality Act 2010 (formerly The DDA)

The Equality Act 2010 (formerly The DDA)

The Disability Discrimination Act is human rights legislation, which imposes a duty on employers (under Part ll) and people or organisations that provide a service to the public (under Part lll), not to discriminate on grounds of disability. For education buildings, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) imposes a similar duty on establishments providing educational services.

A building, or a design solution, cannot be The Equality Act 2010 (formerly The DDA)-compliant. It can only be designed or built in a way that helps people meet their duties in the Act and, therefore, minimise the risk of a legal challenge. For many existing buildings, it will be necessary to make 'reasonable adjustments' to certain 'physical features', e.g. to widen a doorway or to modify a staircase, where otherwise it would impossible or unreasonably difficult to accommodate a disabled person.

Since any alterations to a building need to comply with building regulations, the guidance in Approved Document M, Section 4 of the Scottish Technical Handbook and Part R of the Northern Ireland regulations will be the first reference point for suitable design solutions. However, for issues that are not covered in the regulations, the recommendations in the most recent edition of BS 8300 should be followed.