The modern elevator as we know it today is still considered a relatively new invention, however, there is no doubt that it has managed to benefit society in a variety of ways. In fact, they are now so common that the average person will come across a lift multiple times a day, whether they use it or not, and statistics suggest that there are a staggering 900,000 elevators in operation across the USA alone. In recent years, the Equality Act 2010 changed the way elevators are designed and implemented. Read on to find out everything you need to know about complying with these rules and regulations…
What is it?
Introduced in 2010, the Equality Act aimed to provide equality opportunities for every member in society and it also addressed growing concerns with disability access in major public outlets. After all, the implementation of an elevator or wheelchair access was not a legal requirement which impacted certain members of society considerably. This all changed in 2004 thanks to the Disability Discrimination Act which forced service providers to make appropriate changes in order to provide ease of access for all.
As a result of the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Discrimination Act, businesses were forced to make a variety of changes to the physical features of their properties, ensuring that no stone was left unturned. For example, many new elevators and ramps were installed which allowed the wheelchair dependant the ability to socialise in new places. After all, wheelchair lifts are incredibly easy to install, take up minimal space and can even be folded out of sight when not in use.
In addition to this, the interior design of elevator cabs also had to be altered too as the previous design was unsuitable for those with a disability. Simple yet effective, these modernisation and refurbishment changes included the implementation of braille, lowering the buttons on the walls in order to allow those in a wheelchair to reach them, the addition of a handrail for those who are unsteady on their feet and a bigger cab size in order to allow a wheelchair to fit comfortably inside.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we believe that the elevator should be an inclusive piece of machinery. After all, they have managed to revolutionise independence for the wheelchair dependant. Luckily, elevator craftmanship has changed for the better since the implementation of the Equality Act 2010, and it is now commonplace to find handrails, braille and audible announcements inside a cab. To find out more information about how we comply with the DDA legislation, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!