“As a supply only company, our focus is not just on the correct and safe application of our products but ensuring you are professionally trained to install and maintain them with compliance to the current legislations such as BS EN16005, The Equality Act 2010 and the Machinery & Safety Regulations Act.”

Disabled Access Doors & The Equality Act

The Equality Act became law in October, 2010. It replaced previous legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The DDA act was brought in to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, ensuring consistency in what employers and employees need to do to make public buildings and workplaces a fair environment to comply with the law. The Equality Act 2010 harmonises and, in some respects, extends the current equality law. It states that all of society should be included in, and have access to the built environment i.e. disabled persons, prams, double buggies, shopping trolleys etc. It aims to make the law more consistent and clearer to follow in order to make access easier and fairer to all.

NB: DDA now only applies in Northern Ireland. England, Scotland and Wales are covered by the Equality Act 2010.

Doors for disabled access

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (formerly 98/37/EC) provides for a widely applicable framework for safety assessment and, even when it is not strictly applicable, it can provide a good basis for risk assessment and documentation in order to demonstrate due diligence on your part.

Engineers must be qualified to work on automatic doors to BS 7036 (doors fitted before April 2013) or BS EN 16005 (doors fitted after March 2013).

Automatic sliding doors must be formally inspected for maintenance in line with manufacturer’s recommendations and have at least one annual safety inspection (depending on usage).

We appreciate that the successful training of engineers is the key to safety; which is why we certify and approve the graduates of our course.


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