Disabled Access Audits
The Equality Act 2010 (DEA) is designed to protect people from discrimination in the workplace and in society at large.
The DEA covers a whole range of discrimination including; age, race, religion, sex and disability. The Act has absorbed most of what was in place previously The Disability Discrimination Act 2005. In particular the Act deals with employment of disabled personnel and in the provision of services.
Access Audits are a useful means of assessing the current state of accessibility and usability of buildings by disabled people. Buildings that have been designed or adapted to meet the access needs of people with different disabilities are likely to be more flexible and make it easier for employers and service providers to fulfil their duties under the DEA 2010.
The audit is conducted via a series of visual inspections and observations. Where necessary certain physical parameters were measured to ensure compliance with current Building Regulations (Part M).
The audit specifically looks at:
- The external environment (approach routes, car parks etc.)
- The entrance (access ramps, reception areas)
- Moving around inside the building and using facilities (corridors, lifts, WCs, lighting, surfaces etc.)
- Building management, (means of escape, good housekeeping)