Taps and Sanitary  Fittings - Disability Discrimination Act Compliance

 

This page is written to provide key guidance to assist in the selection of suitable taps and grab rails when being fitted in any public access building.

 

When installing taps and grab rails in any public building, it is important that compliance of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is considered. The aim of the DDA is to ensure that sanitary accommodation is accessible to everybody, including those with disabilities.
The scope of disabilities includes those people with learning difficulties & and people whose lack of tactile sensitivity can cause them to be injured by touching hot surfaces


Disability Discrimination Act – Points to Consider
There are a few points contained in the DDA that are particularly relevant to taps and grab rails, and the measures that should be taken to ensure those with disabilities can use them with minimum difficulty. These include the following guidelines for compliance:

  • Taps should be operable by people with limited strength or manual dexterity.
  • Taps should operable either by automatic sensor or lever action (capable of being operated using a closed fist).
  • The surface finish of sanitary fittings and grab bars should contrast visually with background wall and floor finishes.


Compliant Grab Rails
In order for grab rails to be compliant with DDA requirements, they need to be visible against the wall to which they are attached.  

 

Product Selection

Should you have any questions regarding compatability of these products, please contact the Notjusttaps technical sales department to discuss your requirements.
Our technical sales department can be reached during normal office hours (9.00am-5.00pm Mondays to Fridays)

 

References:
Building Regulations: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/br/BR_PDF_ADM_2004.pdf 

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