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Legislation on access to Dwellings

Below you will find an overview of some of the main factors you will need to be aware of when dealing with disabled access to domestic dwellings. 

What are the approved documents?

Document M – Gives practical guidance to access and use of buildings. 
Document K – Protection from falling (Handrails).
Building Regulations

Gradients

The maximum (steepest) gradient for a domestic dwelling is 1:12. 
Threshold height x Gradient = length of ramp required. 
e.g. 100mm x 12 = 1200mm ramp. 
Building Regulations
Remember - The longer the ramp, the easier the slope.  

Level Landings (Rest Platforms)

They must be at least 1200mm long. 

Building Regulations

Handrails must be...

Slip resistant and warm to touch finish.

Looped or closed handrails.

Infill rail when ramp height exceeds 600mm. 

Between 900-1000mm high.

Diameter between 32-50mm.

Building Regulations

Steps must have...

A height between 150-170mm.

A depth of 280-425mm.

A handrail if there are three or more risers.

Building Regulations

It is important to remember that...

“A compliant building should make a reasonable provision for disabled people to gain access to and use of the building”

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Are you a professional e.g Occupational Therapist

 in need of guidance on the legislation? 

Enquire about our CPD training sessions. A FREE workshop that will help you understand and comply to the legislation. We will provide you with tips on best practice solutions to meet your clients' access challenges.  

Call: 01424 714646 or email: sales@rapidramp.co.uk 

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