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Disability handrails comply with Australian Standards from May 2011

Supplier: Moddex
29 September, 2011

The Moddex Assistrail range of Standards compliant disability handrails meets all access and mobility requirements.

The range of galvanised fittings suitable for stairs, ramps and walkways meet all Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements and building regulations, offering the right handrail and balustrade solution for ramps, stairways, pathways and walkways.

From 1 May, 2011, the new Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 known as the Premises Standards made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) apply to every new building project for which an application for a building permit approval is lodged with the relevant building surveyor.

Building owners and managers, institutions and governments must ensure that access to their buildings as well as pedestrian protection and access in parklands and recreational facilities comply not only with aesthetics but also the relevant Australian Standards, OHS and regulatory requirements.
The system is ideally used as a retrofit solution for an upgrade to an existing building. Due to Assistrail’s add-on components, a new handrail can be added onto an existing railing system to ensure compliance.

No onsite welding, no toxic fumes, unlimited and versatile configurations, flush connection components and smooth, streamlined handrails are just some of the reasons Assistrail handrails are being installed throughout properties and open areas Australia wide.

Increasingly, Moddex is being selected as the provider of choice. Because the products are modular and flat packed, not only are delivery costs lower than for traditional handrailing products, they can be easily and cost effectively stored. The fact that the systems require no welding for installation, no toxic fumes or hot works permits are needed, saving time and money.

An increasing attraction is that organisations can use their own staff for the installation due to the simple process involved. The vandal proof systems, full compliance, unlimited configurations and structural integrity are additional features of interest.

Architects and building practitioners should design, assess and specify against the new Premises Standards to be compliant. This will provide more certainty for building owners that their building complies with the Disability Discrimination Act. Specifying Assistrail will ensure full compliance while offering style and an aesthetically pleasing finish.