Access Audit Service
In Northern Ireland, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA 1995) requires that employers introduce reasonable adjustments in respect of applicants and employees who are disabled.
At Safeti, we work with experienced Access Professionals, including those who hold Consultant Membership of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC).
Below are some examples of the Services we provide:
To find out more about how we can help your Access project, just get in touch by using our Chat tool or the Contact form below.
Access for those with disabilities is more than just the physical environment. It includes how we communicate, how we behave and how we treat disabled people.
Learn More about Access Audits
What is an Access Audit?
An access audit is a means of assessing features of an environment (building or external area) and services in terms of accessibility. Although now well established, access audits remain an evolving concept and may mean different things to different people.
By conducting an access audit, you can assess whether the environment and method of service delivery meet the needs of existing and potential users.
It is also a process through which potential barriers to access may be identified, alongside suggested improvements. in a way that enables people responsible for a site, building or service to move on to the next step of planning and implementing change.
Why are Access Audits valuable to your Business?
Access auditing is one of our most sought after specialist services.
The purpose of an access audit is to establish how well a building performs in relation to access and ease of use by a wide range of potential users, including people with mobility, cognitive and sensory impairments.
Access audits are valuable for the following reasons:
- To identify necessary adjustments in the service provided to disabled customers to meet the requirements of current provisions of the Equality Act 2010, the Disability Discrimination Act/DDA), BS8300, and Part M of the Building Regulations.
- As the first “reasonable step” to disabled access indicated in legislation, in recognising the possible obstacles, and devising solutions, to avoid possible litigation by way of providing a worse or experience /service to a disabled customer.
- To consider existing management and organisation of a building and its services, to help achieve maximum accessibility.
- As part of a future Access Action Plan, enabling incorporation of reasonable adjustments on future refurbishment, regular maintenance and budget planning for substantial capital costs.
- To help gain consent for alterations, extensions and new builds in compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations.
- To assist application for Lottery, National Heritage and other public funding.