An access audit is an assessment of the services delivered from a building or environment. The audit highlights any potential barriers that disabled* people may face when trying to access the services on offer.
Following the on-site assessment, a gap analysis (when compared to the requirements found in the Equality Act, Building Regulations Approved Document M and BS 8300) is compiled in the form of a report, so that an action plan for improvement works can be developed.
Suggested recommendations and timescales are prioritised into short, medium and long term solutions.
*Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person’s lifetime.
Definition from Wikipedia.
What the audit will assess
- External approaches and car parking
- Entrances and reception areas
- Horizontal and vertical circulation throughout the premises
- WC and washroom facilities
- Internal surface finishes and way finding
- Lighting and acoustics
- Means of escape and special evacuation systems
- Building maintenance and management issues
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