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Accessibility

The regulations governing doorsets covered in this section are concerned with accessibility and how this relates to legislation under The Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010

The Act came into force on the 1st October 2010 and is a means of bringing various parts of legislation under one title so that in effect the purposes of the previous Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is broadened to cover any kind of discrimination, be it sexual, age, disability, religion or race etc. The Act has a very wide scope but like the DDA it points to various other pieces of legislation and regulations to show evidence of compliance. The standards which are taken as guidance refer to Doc. M and BS 8300.

The Building Regulations Document M – Access to and Use of Buildings

Compliance with the regulations in England & Wales applies to new build, alterations, extensions and changes of use. The guidance contained in Approved Document M covers door widths and the size and position of vision panels.

Technical Standards – Scottish Regulations

Technical standards are mandatory provisions for disabled people and cover new buildings, conversions, extensions and parts of buildings that are subject to a change of use. The “Technical Handbook” for non-domestic buildings issued by the Scottish Ministers as guidance meeting the requirements of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

BS 8300:2009 – Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of Practice

As the title suggests this standard provides good practice guidance and is now the statutory standard. It covers a range of issues related to doorsets including doorset widths, minimum zones of vision panels (in line with AD M), the size and positioning of ironmongery and visual contrast of doors, ironmongery and the surroundings.

The standard also includes specific requirements for opening forces of doors fitted with self-closing devices.

Significant changes were introduced to deal with light reflective values (LRV) by way of amendment in the years since the last edition of BS 8300 was
published in 2001.

HTM 58 and HTM 59

Hospital Technical Memoranda represent technical guidance to be applied in health buildings. The guidance provided by HTM 58 (doorsets) and HTM 59 (ironmongery), particularly in relation to access by disabled people, is not up-to-date. It is recommended that AD M and BS 8300 are followed.