An Access Audit is a means of examining an existing building, or proposals for a new building, to measure the accessibility and usability of the building for disabled people. The Audit’s findings can then be used to implement a structured programme of improvements. This could be through routine maintenance, building alteration/extensions or refurbishment.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force in 1996 and made it illegal to discriminate against a disabled person for reasons related to his or her disability. This covered the fields of employment, service provision, transport and education. The DDA required employers, service providers and education providers to make reasonable adjustments to avoid discrimination.
The Equality Act 2010 brought together all anti-discrimination legislation into one Act and covers disability, race, gender, religious, sex and age discrimination. It supersedes the DDA, and while the overall requirements remain much the same, the Equality Act has different requirements depending on whether you are an employer, service provider or an educational establishment.
The Access Audit is to be used to enable the client to undertake its duties under Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This relates to reasonable adjustments that may be required to the physical features of the buildings, so that any provided services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all members of the general public.
Access Audits are seen as the first step in ensuring reasonable adjustments are made to policies, practices, procedures or premises which may create a barrier to people with disabilities. This may involve consideration of staff, occupants, users, volunteers, visitors and so on.
In commissioning an Access Audit, it is important to be clear what is to be assessed, what standards it is being assessed against, for what purpose, the timescale and the required outcome.
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Carrying out an Access Audit is a complex, specialist function that may benefit from the appointment of an experienced person such as a specialist architect or an access consultant. It can be a formal or informal process, and can involve information gathering, surveys, consultations, reports and recommendations.
The scope of the audit will depend on how the Equality Act 2010 applies to you, which we will discuss and agree with you before quoting. However, our audit will generally cover all elements of your building and environment, following the ‘journey’ of a disabled user.
Typically an audit would cover:
You should review your Access Audit prior to any changes to the building or structure. This is required so any building alteration/extensions and refurbishment programmes are suitable for all occupants within the building.
Prices for Access Audits start from as little as £300+VAT.
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A PDF and Web report with recommendations
Health and Safety Management Software to assist in ongoing risk management
Support for each and every risk assessment
To assist in your understanding of health and safety requirements, we will identify hazards on site and, for each one, we will determine how well we believe you are currently complying with health and safety standards through observation, evaluation of documentation and discussion.
For quality assurance, RM has a two stage validation process for each and every audit that is published. First the report is verified by the assessor that carried out the assessment, and secondly the respective Department Head reviews and validates the report before publishing to the client.
To help you to actively manage your risks, RM publishes all of its assessment reports to the Health And Safety Advisory Database (HASAD) where, amongst other things, you will be able to view and download static and dynamic PDF reports. In addition, you can view and search risks according to the categorisation of Intolerable, Substantial and Moderate, or Monitor & Review with Traffic Light methodology.