What are your responsibilities under disability access legislation?
Have you ever wondered how to make your premises more accessible for all individuals? Legislation is in place to help protect disabled people from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, and to ensure they are given equal access to public services. Under the Equality Act 2010, public sector authorities have a legal duty to ensure accessibility, as do private sector organisations when they carry out public functions.
In order to ensure your business complies with the latest disability access legislation and to avoid unwittingly discriminating against disabled people, you need to understand your workplace responsibilities. You may need to demonstrate that you’re taking steps to remove accessibility barriers for your own employees as well as any members of the public who use your services. This could include making changes to policy and practice, making physical adjustments to your premises, and providing extra support.
Compliance with disability access legislation will help you avoid someone bringing civil action against your business or organisation – a Disabled Access Risk Assessment can identify areas of compliance and non-compliance so you can make reasonable changes. Remember that not all disabilities are visible, and you may not be making the adjustments necessary to facilitate accessibility for those with hidden disabilities – especially if you only focus on wheelchair access.
Whether its altering physical features of your premises, making adjustments to company policy, or providing accessibility aids – it is your responsibility to make things easier for disabled people to use your services. Not making reasonable adjustments to improve your workplace accessibility is considered unlawful discrimination.
The Disability Access legislation and guidelines are:
- Equality Act 2010
- Data Protection Act 2018
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
- The Building Regulations 2010
- EN 16005: 2012 Power operated pedestrian door sets. Safety in use. Requirements and test methods
- BS 5839 – Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings.
- Code of Practice for Thermostatic Mixing Valves
- BS 5499 – Safety signs and symbols
- HM Government guidance on Disability Access Risk Assessment
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Why choose Bison Assist?
At Bison Assist, we’ve been providing Disability Access Risk Assessments for dental practices, offices, doctors surgeries, warehouses, residential properties and other commercial premises since 2010!
We’re trusted by companies all over the UK to take the hassle out of disability access, and to provide expert guidance in meeting disability access regulations for all in the Bison herd.
Our team has undergone all of the specialist training and external risk assessments required to fulfil disability access and can provide safety advice via phone at any time of the year, as well as one-off risk assessments
We do more than just Disability Access Risk Assessments. As a full-service Health and Safety partner, we can carry out Health & Safety, Fire Risk Assessments, Legionella Risk Assessments, Legionella Testing, and more – all in one visit, with a multi-service discount.
After our visit, we’re still here to help – the Bison team is on hand with phone support to answer any questions you have.
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What is a Disability Access Risk Assessment?
A Disability Access Risk Assessment is an assessment to ensure that your organisation is not unknowingly discriminating against disabled people – whether they are in your organisation or members of the public. This will involve an examination of your site, an assessment of its accessibility, and a detailed report on the strengths and weaknesses identified (including recommended reasonable improvements).
We offer Disability Access Risk Assessment at Bison Assist as part of our safety compliance services to help you avoid direct and indirect discrimination at work and ensure you’re meeting the legal standard. By continuously monitoring disability access legislation, we stay up to date on the current guidelines and regulations for you, letting you focus on your business.
Our disability access consultants will use their knowledge, experience, and training to make a thorough assessment of how well you have sufficient provisions to cater for disabled access and how you can remove a range of barriers to help ensure everyone has equal access, offering practical advice and support to help you keep on top of your obligations.
The report you’ll receive from Bison following a disability access risk assessment will include:
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