The Equality Act of 2010 replaced the DDA Act of 1995.
The Equality Act Code of Practice states that every building which is used by the general public and offers a service must have an access audit every 3 years and this will ‘help service providers to meet their obligations under the Act’.
The purpose of an access audit is to help you understand your obligations under the Equality Act. It will point out to you if your access is complying with the Equality Act for any disabled visitors to your premises. (Disabled people are not just people in wheelchairs. This group of people also comprises hearing impaired and sight impaired.)Your access audit will point out to you ways you can remove any barriers and which options are available to you. It will also recommend which would be the best ‘reasonable adjustment’ for you to make and give you a priority list of which actions should be taken and their cost implications. Your access audit will form the basis for your action plan to make your building and service as accessible as possible for all.
The Equality Act is all about ‘being reasonable ‘and by having an access audit and ensuring you repeat it every 3 years, you will not only be demonstrating that you care but you will also be improving the access for any disabled visitors to your premises. This will help you in any action that might be brought against you by a disabled person. Sadly we live in a ‘blame culture’ and the first time you will know about the action being brought against you is when you are invited to a tribunal. It is too late then.
The Equality Act code of practice further states that your audit must be completed by a ‘suitably qualified person’. At EA-Audits we have a team of fully qualified access auditors ready to come to your assistance.
If you haven’t had an access audit yet or your access audit is older than 3 years, let us quote for your work. We are very competitive and very knowledgeable. Email or call us. You will be surprised at how reasonable our costs are and we often are able to offer great discounts if we are working in your area.