Need help with Access Audits?
CoLaw can help you and your business to meet your obligations under the Equality Act 2010. This Act has largely replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
Can I carry out my own Access Audit?
You can carry out an Access Audit yourself, you will need to look at the following areas of your premises and consider the needs of all users:
Approaches, routes and street furniture
- Car parking
- External ramps
- External stairs
- Reception and lobby areas
- Internal ramps
- Internal stairs
- Platform lifts and stair lifts
- Sanitary accommodation
However you may not be aware of all of the non-compliances in your premises. By using an external auditor, such as CoLaw, we are coming into your premises with a fresh eye, able to take a step back and look at any areas which may need attention.
Call us now on 08456 588 703 or send us an email to [email protected] for more information.
What changes must I make to my premises?
You must make any reasonable change to accommodate any person with a disability, this can be any mental, physical or sensory impairment that affects a disabled person’s ability to perform normal day to day activities. This is not limited to wheelchair users, but may include workers with hearing or sight impairments, as well as a wide range of other disabilities.
The disability must also be substantial and last, or be expected to last, at least 12 months. Severe disfigurements and progressive conditions such as AIDS, diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, etc are also included.
Under the Act, businesses have to make reasonable adjustments so they do not discriminate against disabled customers or employees. The law has been designed so that companies only have to make reasonable changes. However, if a company fails to do what is reasonable, then a disabled person could take legal action against them for treating them unfairly.
Changes that would contravene health and safety laws are not expected to be made. It is recommended that employers (or those in charge of premises) carry out a disability access audit for premises under their control.
Can you carry out my Access Audit?
CoLaw can complete an Access Audit of your premises, and present the current non-compliance and recommendations for a course of action in a detailed report.
Call us now on 08456 588 703, or send us an email to [email protected] for more information, or to request an Access Audit from us.