Equality Act 2010
From 1st October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply. Any reference to DDA can be read as applying equally to the new act.
Access for all
The Disability Discrimination Act is an Act of Parliament which provides advice on what should be done to achieve ‘access for all’. Building Regulations Part M (England and Wales) and Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland) prescribes how to achieve ‘access for all’ in new build and refurbishment projects, setting the ways in which accessibility must be tackled at the design and build stages of a public area.
The 1995 Disability Discrimination Act was the first of its kind to call for gradual improvements in the way that the owners and property managers of public buildings achieve a good level of access for all members of the public.
The Act was introduced in 1996 and had three successive stages of implementation:
Stage 1 – Dec 1996 – Recognise overall problem
Stage 2 – Oct 1999 – Start making reasonable adjustments
Stage 3 – Oct 2004 – Need to comply
Those buildings that need to comply include:
- Public buildings
- Retail outlets
- Leisure facilities
- Educational establishments
In 2005 the act was extended to:
- Transport operators
- Private clubs
- All public sector activities
Express Elevators can supply and install Passenger Lifts, Platform Wheelchair Lifts or Stairlifts to ensure your building says ‘welcome’ to everyone and provides ‘access for all’
Contact us now for a free DDA access audit, the first step towards DDA compliance.