To meet the requirements of BS 8300, lever handles should be positioned on the door at 800mm to 1050 from the floor, 900mm is the preferred height.These requirements are commonly known as DDA compliance (Disability Discrimination Act), more recently this has been replaced with the Equality Act.
Our diagram below sets out the area that the handles can be fitted, to meet the requriements.
In addition to this, BS 8300 compliant doors need the lever handles to have the following dimensions:
- Hand grip zone of at least 95mm
- Hand grip zone at least 45mm from face of the door
- Minimum Lever diameter of 19mm
- Lock/latch backset at least 54mm from door edge
At SWS we are aware that these requirements can be particularly challenging if your project is a high-end public building, such as hospitality, leisure or commercial. Our consultants would be pleased to give you advice on your specific project.