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Equality Act 2010

From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The aim of the Act is to end prejudice against less able people. It has been significantly extended and now gives less able people rights in the following areas: Renting or buying land or property, education, employment, access to goods, facilities and services, clubs, sports, associations and activities. Where there is restriction in the vertical circulation within a building the provision of a lifting platform may provide a solution. See our Equality Act 2010 article to learn more about the legislation.


Under the Equality Act, service providers and workplaces are to make reasonable provisions and/or adjustments to overcome physical features, which obstruct the less able to access facilities. To overcome a physical feature means to either remove it, alter it , provide an alternative access route, or make services available to the less able in another way.

Building Design

There is an obligation to ensure that access is provided for the less able to ensure compliance with the Equality Act. Regarding vertical circulation this can be implemented by the use of ramps, lifts or platform lifts.

Design and access statement

Designers can put forward the type of lifting device within the access statement that in their opinion is suitable depending on the environment and usage among other factors. The Requirements of Platform Lifts are contained in Part M of the Building Regulations, BS:8300 (called up within the regulation), BS:6440 and EN81-41.

Take a look at our FAQ page to learn more about the Equality Act and how our lifts comply with regulations.

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About Invalifts

We are a UK based company who specialise in the provision and installation of inclined and vertical platform lifts in both public and domestic environments. We have solutions available which can be used for both internal and external use, together with ones that are able to transport both people and goods.

We are lift specialists with many years experience installing wheel chair and vertical platform lifts for the UK, and are committed to delivering top class products and services to all of our Customers. Our most popular products are the MC2000 platform lift, the M6000LS cabin platform lift and the InvaStair-Riser, our elegant, slim-line wheelchair stair lift.

All of our products are designed to comply with the relevant UK and EC Directives, and are ideal for installation in all environments, including domestic and public. We regularly install units in schools, retail outlets, churches, libraries, offices, care homes, hospitals etc.

6 Falcon Park, Claymore, Tame Valley Ind. Est. Tamworth, Staffordshire. B77 5DQ

Telephone:0845 468 2543 | Email: | Company registration number: 3950068 | Company VAT registration number: 753 8175 10