Owning a public access building comes with responsibility. One of your biggest responsibilities is ensuring that you provide safe and secure disabled access and facilities. However, adding a ramp is not sufficient. The best type are wheelchair ramps with rails, that are DDA compliant, and that will improve safety. So, if you need a ramp for your premise, there are few things to think about, most importantly the design. In this article we will look at different types of ramp and discuss why wheelchair ramps with rails are the best choice.
Disabled Ramp Designs
There are a lot of possibilities open to you when purchasing a ramp for your public access premise. First and foremost you should decide whether you need a permanent or temporary fixture. If you open your doors to the public every day, then a permanent ramp is what you need. If however you offer meetings or rent out your premise from time to time, a temporary portable ramp that can be taken up and put down easily is a great idea.
So, let’s work on the assumption that your premise is a public place that is open every day. This could be a shop, cafe, pop-in centre, or any other type of building that is open to the public every day. Take a look around town and you will see a vast array of ramps. You may not have noticed them before, but you will find disabled access everywhere you turn. Ramps can be straightforward, or they can be zigzag or curved. Let’s see why you may opt for a ramp that on the face of it looks complex.
ZigZag Wheelchair Ramps With Rails
Zigzag ramps for wheelchairs look complex, and you may wonder why on earth they exist. The answer is however quite simple. If there is a steep gradient and a normal ramp cannot be used, another approach is necessary. There are standard maximum gradients for disabled steps and ramps, and these need to be adhered to. So, if you have steep stairs leading up to your premise, you cannot simply lay a ramp down over the top.
So, how to you make the gradient of the approach to your building less steep? By using a ramp that either zigzags up to your premise, or by using a ramp that goes round the outside of your building. A circular ramp is only possible if you have no other neighbouring premises. So, zigzag ramps can prove the most effective solution.
Rails for Disabled Ramps
Now, to ensure maximum safety of your disabled ramps, you should ensure that they include railings. A ramp that zigzags up without safety railings is very dangerous. Even simple ramps that are set over steps are generally accompanied by railings on at least one side. Railings should be in place to ensure that it is impossible for a wheelchair to fall off the ramp.
There are many other safety features that you must think about when it comes to your new ramp. The material used must be non-slip. As the owner of a public access building, you are responsible for the safety of the people that visit you. An accident that occurs on your premise can lead to you being taken to court in a public liability case.
To ensure that everything is correctly installed at your premise, you should choose a reputable installation team such as Go Access Ltd. Go Access can help you with all your disabled access needs. We supply and fit steps and ramps as well as disabled access doors. We can help you decide what is best for your premise and come up with a plan of action that will ensure that you provide the very best disabled access for your customers. This can include the alteration of your bathroom facilities and counters.
Wheelchair ramps are just one feature that you need to consider for your public access premise. Your ramp can be temporary or fixed, and it must always be made of a material that won’t become slippery when wet. Contact Go Access today to discuss your needs and to begin planning the alterations necessary for your premise. With government schemes and grants available, the cost of converting your premise will be kept down to a price you can afford, and you will be offered support throughout all stages.