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Disability & Access Audits



Disability & Access Audits

Employers have a general duty under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 to make reasonable changes to buildings if they currently employ or are likely to employ people with disabilities.  Similarly, service providers have a duty to make reasonable changes to facilitate accessibility in their shops, cinemas, museums, training establishments and rental properties (for landlords).

 

People commonly associate the term “disability” with those who are immobile or are confined to wheelchairs, however, this antiquated view excludes a great number of individuals who may encounter difficulty whilst utilising your premises (either for recreational or professional purposes). The term is actually far wider than most people consider it to be as it includes such individuals as those who have impaired hearing, who experience problems with visual acuity or who suffer from a variety of psychological conditions.

M.E.L. can offer a DDA compliance audit covering a range of issues such as the availability of ramps, the standard of access, the adequacy of toilet facilities, changes in level, condition of surfaces, lighting, induction loops (for those with impaired hearing), parking facilities, proximity to local transport, fire escapes and emergency provisions.

 

Once the initial visit to the premises has been undertaken our auditors will then provide a report featuring a schedule of recommendations.  These range from simple modifications in company procedures to significant alterations to the structure of the building or layout of the premises.  We understand that any recommendations must be realistic (as well as cost effective) and we are able to provide continual assistance during the realisation of any alterations made subsequently to your facilities or working procedures.   

 

We can offer our clients a stand alone DDA compliance audit or include this service as part of a package along with fire risk assessments, general health and safety audits, asbestos surveys and legionella testing.  Our auditors have been trained to R.I.B.A. standards (Royal Institute of British Architects) and can also assist in planning at the design stage of a new-build project, providing advice on the practical implementation of the Building Regulations (Part M).

 

To discuss this matter further please contact a member of our expert consultancy now on 01708 555544.