Access Planning and Acesss Audits London

Find information about access planning and access audits London below

What is an Access Audit?

An Access Audit is an assessment of an environment, building or a service against best practice standards to determine suitable accessibility for disabled people.
London Building Control’s access consultant will assess what is reasonable for you to do as required by the Equality Act 2010 (which supersedes the Disability Discrimination Act 1995), setting out clear recommendations with priority ratings and costs to enable you to plan and budget for any necessary works.

 

What is the DDA/Equality Act?

In 1996 the ‘Disability Discrimination Act’ came into force making it illegal to discriminate against a disabled person for reasons related to their disability.
The DDA covered areas such as employment, service provision, transport and education. The Act required employers, service and education providers to make reasonable adjustments to avoid discrimination.
In 2010 the DDA was replaced by the ‘Equality Act 2010’. This brought together all anti-discrimination legislation into one Act and covers disability, race, gender, religious, sex and age discrimination. The Equality Act has different requirements depending on whether you are an employer, service provider or an educational establishment. Please contact London Building Controls Access Consultant who will be happy to advise how the Act applies to you.

 

How is the Equality Act 2010 enforced?

Different to other statutory law there is no Local Authority or Government Officer who enforces the legislation. It is therefore left to an individual to bring a civil action against an organisation where they feel aggrieved.

Why do I need an Access Audit?

The Equality Act ‘Code of Practice’ states that the completion of an Access Audit by a ‘suitably qualified person’ will assist service providers to meet their obligations under the Act. The audit will identify the barriers to providing reasonable access, set out options for removing the barriers, assess which option is the most reasonable before making a clear recommendation as to which option to implement.

What does the Access Audit Cover?

The extent of the audit will depend on how the Equality Act applies to you. 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:

  • Approach and Car Parking
  • Entrances/Receptions
  • Horizontal Circulation – corridors
  • Lifts and Stairs
  • Internal Doors
  • Toilets
  • Signage and Way finding
  • Communication
  • Means of Escape for Disabled People

Contact

Please contact London Building Control Ltd info@londonbuildingcontrol.co.uk to discuss your particular Access Audit requirements.