DDA Checklist

This checklist should be taken as a general guide and is designed to make you aware of the overall requirements and aims of the DDA in relation to lift ownership and usage.

The foundation of all these changes is the principle of making ‘reasonable adjustment’. The responsibility lies with the owner or provider of the lift to anticipate, rather than respond to, the needs of disabled customers or employees in accessing their needs in an on-going manner.

Underpinning these items is a host of legislation and standards which must be met in order to achieve compliance. When considering the practicability of employing all or some of these measures, much depends on your current lift installation and your building layout. It therefore makes sense that you consult with us as to the extent of your needs here. We are able to carry out a full access compliance survey in relation to your lift.


Signage and Building Access

Although not an integral part of your lift installation, the act requires that suitable disabled access must be available to the building entrance and en-route to the lift. This further necessitates that suitable written and tactile signage must be in place to direct persons from the entrance to the lift.

Handrail

A handrail shall be installed on at least one side wall of the lift car.

Mirror

Where there is insufficient space to allow a wheelchair user to turn the wheelchair round, a mirror should be installed to enable the wheelchair user to back out of the lift whilst looking for potential obstacles.

Stopping Accuracy

The lift must consistently stop accurately within + - 10mm.

Landing Call Buttons

These must be positioned at a height suitable for wheelchair users - between 900mm and 1100mm above the floor level. They must have audio visual signals to aid identification and to confirm the acceptance of a call. They must have braille or tactile surface identification.

Full Length Detector

This fits in the lift door entrance area and is designed to reduce the likelihood of the lift doors striking the passenger or a wheelchair during entry or exit to the lift car.

Arrival Gong or Sounder

This sounder is required to draw the users attention that the lift has arrived and the doors are about to open for those with sight difficulties.

Vocal Floor Announcer

This is to provide audio indication of the lifts operation sequence and its arrival location for those with sight difficulties.

Visual Floor Display

Required on the main entrance floor and in the lift car. This is to show the current position of the lift and its direction of travel.

Car Call Buttons

Like the landing buttons, these must be positioned at a height suitable for wheelchair users between 900mm and 1100mm above the floor level. They must have audio visual signals to aid identification and to confirm the acceptance of a call. They must have braille or tactile surface identification. This means that the most suitable arrangement in a higher multi floor lift may be a horizontal panel.

Lift Alarm System

This is a battery backed up system which must have a local sounder and an autodialer system to enable vocal communication with emergency assistance. It should also incorporate a hearing aid loop system.