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Disability Discrimination Act 1995 The Background. Dec 1996 Unlawful to treat disabled less favourably Oct 1999 Service providers to make reasonable adjustments – Extra help Oct 2004 Make other reasonable adjustments – Barriers to access (Extended to cover service providers & all Employers).

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Disability Discrimination Act1995The Background

  • Dec 1996 Unlawful to treat disabled less favourably

  • Oct 1999 Service providers to make reasonable adjustments – Extra help

  • Oct 2004 Make other reasonable adjustments – Barriers to access

    (Extended to cover service providers & all Employers)


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Disability Discrimination Act1995The Documents

  • BS5839 part - 1 :2002

  • Approved Document ‘M’ of Building Regulations

  • BS8300:2001 Design of buildings & their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice


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Disability Discrimination Act1995

Alarm warnings for people with impaired hearing


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BS5839 part –1 : 2002

More concerned with the specification, installation & monitoring of products employed than guidance on when & where to apply products


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BS5839 part – 1 : 200218 Fire alarm warnings for people with impaired hearing

Commentary

In circumstances , such as buildings with a significant number of people with impaired hearing , buildings in which one or more persons with impaired hearing work in relative isolation, & buildings in which one or more persons with impaired hearing tend to move around the building , additional means of giving warning might be appropriate.


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BS5839 part – 1 : 200218 Fire alarm warnings for people with impaired hearing

Commentary

If the occupants in question tend to be located for a large proportion of their time within a limited area of a building, visual alarms might be appropriate in that area (& associated toilets).

If they sleep in the building , tactile devices, with or without associated visual alarm devices might be considered. These devices, which may for example, be placed under pillows or mattresses, may be wired into the fire alarm devices circuit or be triggered by radio signals.


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BS5839 part – 1 : 200218 Fire alarm warnings for people with impaired hearing

Recommendations

  • Visual alarms ccts monitored & fire rated

  • Tactile devices may be fixed, moveable or portable

    Fixed – Control panel

    Moveable – Table top & operates vib pad

    Portable – Radio pager


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Building RegulationsApproved Document M (ADM)

  • All bedrooms to have a visual & audible alarm signal

  • All sanitary accommodation to have a visual & audible alarm signal

    Not mandatory and alternative solutions, which may be more appropriate to the building, can be adopted


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BS8300 : 2001Design ofbuildings & their approach to meet the needs of disabled people. Code of practice

BSI document used as the base standard for many of the requirements in Approved Document M


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BS8300 : 2001Design ofbuildings & their approach to meet the needs of disabled people. Code of practice

  • Audible & Visual alarm signal required in:

    • Kitchens

    • Sanitary Facilities

    • Bedrooms

    • Accessible Internal Spaces

      • Common spaces e.g corridors, seminar rooms

  • Consideration given to use of under pillow vibrating alerts to wake sleepers


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    Manual Call Points

    • BS5839 part 1 provides guidance on reduced travel distances

    • BS8300 suggests max. mounting height of 1000 – 1200 mm


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    Fire Doors

    • ADM suggests corridor doors held open with electro-magnetic device, but self close on activation of fire alarm or mains failure

    • BS8300 suggest same but states Newton force maximums


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    Disability Discrimination Act1995

    • Legislation is about applying reasonable & even handed judgement

    • What may be reasonable for one may not be reasonable for another

    • Many opinions & little hard facts e.g. beacon spacing & output levels

    • BS8300 & ADM not cross referenced to BS5839 part 1


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    Disability Discrimination Act1995

    What’s Clymac’s Advice?

    • Compliance with Building Regs (ADM) as a minimum.


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    Building RegulationsApproved Document M (ADM)

    • All bedrooms to have a visual & audible alarm signal

    • All sanitary accommodation to have a visual & audible alarm signal

      Not mandatory and alternative solutions, which may be more appropriate to the building, can be adopted


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    Disability Discrimination Act1995

    What’s Clymac’s Advice?

    • Incorporate BS8300

      • Radio based tactile alerts to support visual alarms in selected bedrooms

      • Accessible spaces e.g corridors & common rooms (visual or tactile)

      • Kitchens


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