Disability Access Audits
Established in 2003, ESL Services are ideally placed to assist service providers with their duty under the Equality Act 2010.
The Act states that “All service providers must carry out an access audit by a suitably qualified person and act upon the recommendations”.
The Act also states that “All reasonable adjustments should be made”.
And the best way to find out what your ‘reasonable adjustments’ are is by arranging an access audit.
Why should I have an Access Audit carried out?
Under The Equality Act 2010 you have to act upon the results of an access audit carried out by a suitably qualified person.
It will also identify what ‘reasonable adjustments’ you must carry out.
What are ‘reasonable adjustments’?
‘Reasonable Adjustments’ are identified by having your access audit carried out, and they can be something like Signage, Access Ramps or Induction Hearing Loops.
What is an Induction Loop?
Induction Loops allow people with hearing impairments access your services and assist you in compliance of the Equality Act 2010.
What if I do not want to make ‘reasonable adjustments’?
For you not to carry out ‘reasonable adjustments’ this would be deemed unlawful.
What could happen if I do not carry out an access audit or make ‘reasonable adjustments’?
You would leave yourself open to be taken to court by being issued with a DL56.
If you did receive this it would mean that you are going to court, and you will be fined for injury to feelings and made to carry out the access audit and the adjustments.
How much would I be fined?
The minimum amount in case law for injury to feelings is £1500.00.
You will also have court cost for both sets of lawyers, and the cost of time away from running your business, and the bad publicity that will be generated.
Please call 01506 412791 for further advice and assistance.