Enabling wheelchair users to access any part of a building is essential – whether it is a residential or commercial property, this hands back independence. The best way to achieve this is via indoor wheelchair ramps, which help users to overcome obstacles such as staircases and door steps. There is a whole host of regulations that should ensure the freedom of movement for a wheelchair user, however unfortunately this isnt always the case, which is why these ramps are so important.
Indoor wheelchair ramps are essential for allowing users to experience the theatre, cinema, restaurant or any public building that hasnt considered disable access in their building construction. Enabling those in a wheelchair to enjoy a high quality of life has never been easier.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is a piece of legislation that protects the civil rights of wheelchair and mobility scooter users. This states that users should have access to commercial buildings such as shops, cafes and banks, as well as in education, employment and public transport.
Granting access to employees in wheelchairs has never been easier for businesses than with modern ramps and access systems. These ramps are incredibly lightweight yet strong and resilient, as well as being quick to set-up which is crucial in the event of a fire or emergency. There are further regulations that consider whether a building conforms to health and safety and provides a means of escape in case of emergency too – more information is available on our website.
Another crucial aspect is to ensure that any wheelchair ramps are well maintained and serviced. This is so that when the time comes for the equipment to be used it doesnt let you down. This is obviously paramount for emergency escape scenarios. The most reputable of access providers will be able to repair and service ramps and related products to ensure the peace of mind of all parties concerned.
The DDA states that an employer has a duty to ensure reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that an individual is not disadvantaged in the workplace. This includes the physical aspects of a workplace, such as access. Infringing this act can have serious ramifications for an employer, so if you are a business owner ensure you implement wheelchair ramps and access systems for your existing or potential wheelchair using employees.