• Access Audits in London and the South East

    Equality Act 2010

  • Level1: Low Cost Access Audit

    A Level 1: Low Cost Access Audit report is useful if you don't require a detailed report, but are happy with a concise, text only bullet point summary of key recommendations for improvements to inclusivity and accessibility.

     

    This cost effective service will provide you with an overview of the accessibility of the external environment, building/s and the services you provide. I will walk around your premises with you, talking through any access issues which may arise. A short written summary of our discussions will then be prepared. You are very welcome to take your own detailed notes during the audit.

     

    Level 2: Detailed Photographic Access Audit

    A Level 2: Detailed Photographic Access Audit report is useful if you require comprehensive recommendations backed up by current design guidance in the Building Regulations.

     

    All recommendations will be cross referenced against relevant criteria, including Approved Documents K and M of the Building Regulations, the BS 8300: 2018 codes of practice and any other relevant design guidance. Category or priority ratings will also be provided if required.

  • Access Audits

    An access audit (sometimes referred to as a DDA audit) assesses the current status of a building, environment and the way services are provided against good practice standards to benchmark the ease of accessibility, primarily for disabled people. However, well designed inclusive and accessible environments are beneficial for everyone.

     

    As I write all access audits myself, I ensure that they are clearly written in plain English and that any technical terms are clearly explained.

     

    How does it work?

     

    I will visit your building at a suitable time and carry out an inspection starting from the outside and then working through the interior. The access audit will assess how inclusive and accessible the environment is for everyone.

     

    The access audit will provide comments on any barriers to access which may prevent a disabled person from being able to use the environment and services. I will provide practical recommendations to improve access including any ‘reasonable adjustments’ you may need to consider in relation to the Equality Act 2010 (the Disability Discrimination Act – DDA has been absorbed into the Equality Act 2010). A ‘reasonable adjustment’ can be something as simple as changing a policy and does not necessarily require you to make expensive physical changes.

     

    The access audit will be comprehensive and will include the following key areas;

     

    The external environment
    Any on site car parking
    Entrance doors
    Lobby areas
    Reception points
    Toilet facilities
    Corridors
    Internal doors
    Stairs
    Lifts
    Communication systems
    Controls / switches
    Colour / visual contrast
    Lighting
    Acoustics
    Wayfinding and signage
    Emergency means of escape
    Maintenance

    Management Policies & Practices

    Staff Awareness

     

    Following the access audit survey, I will prepare either a Level 1: Access Audit Summary or a Level 2: Detailed Photographic Access Audit Report for you to incorporate in an access plan or access strategy for the future.

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