Safe access control is paramount, especially for those with disabilities.
Most countries have codes to mandate safe building access for those who may have difficulty with 'traditional' building design. In the US, the "Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)" are these codes, while similar requirements are found in Canada's Bill C-81 and the UK's 2010 Equality Act.
In this note, we examine the most common ways disability and accessibility codes impact access control design.
Key Access Control Requirements
The top 3 ways accessibility codes impact access control design are:
- Door Hardware Must Be Compliant
- Turnstiles Must Include Gates
- Accessible Reader Height/Door Controls