At Harcon, we strongly believe in access for all, which is why we offer the Kee Access® range of Equality Act (formerly DDA) compliant handrails.Handrails are essential for helping the elderly and those with disabilities gain safe access to buildings, and the Equality Act, as well as the Building Regulations, lay out several requirements that all handrail must meet to be considered DDA compliant.
These regulations concern several areas, such as requiring a tube diameter of between 40 and 45mm, that the railing has no sharp edges or snag points, and that it be visually contrasted with the surrounding environment.
However, one of the most important regulations dictates the temperature of the handrail itself.
‘Not cold to the touch’
To be compliant to the Equality Act, external handrail which provides access should not be ‘cold to the touch’ in winter conditions.
These requirements are due to the fact that excessively cold handrail could prevent people, especially those who are sensitive to the cold, from using the handrail altogether, or could result in users involuntarily letting go of the handrail causing injury.
It is worth noting that there are exceptions to this requirement, such as when a handrail needs to be especially resistant to vandalism or very low maintenance is necessary. For these applications, metal with very low thermal conductivity may be appropriate.
Our Kee Access® range of disabled access handrail fittings are powder coated to any RAL colour to meet the ‘not cold to the touch’ requirements of the Equality Act, allowing access for all to any type of public building.
Kee Access® meets all the requirements of the Equality Act and is the perfect solution for ensuring access for all to your buildings.
For more information on Kee Access®, or any of our safe access solutions, call us on 0161 777 4230.