Do you need help with disabled access at your premises?
Here at LRB Health and Safety, we can help you and your business to meet your obligations under the Equality Act 2010, which has replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), with an access audit.
What changes must I make to my premises to conform with disabled access legislation?
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.
Under the Act, businesses have to make reasonable adjustments, so they do not discriminate against disabled customers or employees. The law is 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 I carry out my own Access Audit?
Yes, you ou can complete your own Access Audit; 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 and internal stairs
- External and internal ramps
- Reception and lobby areas
- 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, we will enter your premises with a fresh eye, take a step back and look at any areas which may need attention. We will complete an Access Audit of your premises and present the current non-compliance and recommendations for a course of action in a detailed report.