Access Audits

Ensuring Freedom Of Access For All

 

 

The reason for carrying out an Access audit is to help you improve disabled access and to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

It is estimated that up to a quarter of the population either has a disability or is closely involved with a disabled person. 

Heatherwood Risk Management can help you to increase turnover as well as help protect you from claims of disability discrimination. Employers have a duty under the act to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to ensure employees are not put at a substantial disadvantage by employment arrangements or any physical feature of the workplace.

Our Access Audits place great emphasis on ‘reasonable adjustment’ and if the cost of an alteration would be prohibitive to a business, we will be able to suggest ways to comply with the legislation in a more cost effective way.

The Access audit contains an examination of the business against pre-determined criteria to assess its ease of use by disabled people. The business premises, facilities and services will all be examined to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

A detailed written report and action plan will then be produced to identify and remedy any non-compliance that may exist. Reasonable adjustments will be graded as urgent or non-urgent work required, non-urgent work may be scheduled to coincide with annual maintenance.

We work to make your environment as safe and user friendly as possible whilst retaining your business culture, identity and beliefs.

From our experience employers may need to:

• Reallocate elements of an employees work to someone else
• Transfer an employee to another post or another place of work
• Make adjustments to buildings
• Provide training or re-training if an employee can no longer do their current job
• Provide modified equipment
• Modify procedures
• Make instructions and manuals more accessible
• Provide a reader or interpreter