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Back You are here: Home Employment Employment Employers Making Your Premises Accessible

Making Your Premises Accessible


  • Ensure heavy doors have automatic opening devices fitted. An automatic door needs to be set so as to give enough time to allow the person with a disability through the doors before it closes.
  • Make sure that access for people with disabilities is through the main entrance to the building and not a side entrance.
  • If you have a parking area mark some of it for authorised badge holders only, using appropriate specifications and a level site. Make sure that it is the spaces near to the entrance of the building and that the space is large enough for a person with a wheelchair to get in and out of the car.
  • Use smooth floor surfaces, consider using natural materials such as timber or stone, carpets create drag for wheelchairs.
  • Leave space for people to move around in your office - don't let it get cluttered up with boxes and other stuff.
  • Provide chairs for people to sit on but also make sure there is space available for a wheelchair if it is needed. Chairs should have arms and be of an appropriate height so that a person with a physical disability can use these to lean on to get up and down.
  • Make sure door handles, bells and entry phones are at a height that people in wheelchairs can reach.
  • While reception counters have to take into account staff safety, you should also consider the effect of the height of a reception counter on someone in a wheelchair if they can't see over it and therefore can't see who they are talking to.
  • Make sure you have a toilet that is adapted for wheelchair users (Get someone who is a wheelchair user to advise you, some so called disabled toilets are badly designed and can't be used by wheelchair users and/or other people with physical disabilities). Disabled toilets should be unisex rather than based within individual sex toilets, so that a carer/relative of the opposite sex can enter with the disabled person when this is required.
  • All desks and bookshelves should be supported off walls or screens if possible i.e. No leg supports to restrict wheelchair users.
  • Aim at optimising wheelchair turning circles by avoiding clutter.
  • Information display / leaflet holders should be located at a convenient height for accessibility.
  • Two drawer filing cabinets should be integrated in the centre to ensure ease of access for wheelchair users.
  • Reception area seating should incorporate arm rests.

Signposting

  • Consider how you can help people to move around in the building and get to the place they want to get to.
  • Think about the position of the reception area - can people find it easily?
  • Some people may need help immediately as they come through the door, consider this.
  • A visually impaired person may need to be shown to a seat, or guided to another part of the building.
  • Are there things that can be done which will help a visually impaired person find their way around (colour contrasts in furniture, carpets, walls and doorways or indents in the floor covering etc.)?
  • Have notices in large clear print so that people who are partially sighted can see them clearly.
  • Braille signs by door handles might make it easier for some people.
  • The use of graphics and pictures as signs may be easier for people with learning disabilities to understand or for young people.


Make sure that you have caught the person's attention before you start speaking. Do not rely on calling a person's name over a tannoy or saying 'who's next' - someone with a hearing impairment may not hear this.

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