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Access Audits

We curently provide two forms of access audit.

Walk-through access audit

A walk-through access audit, where a member of staff accompanying the auditor takes notes based upon the auditor's findings.  This type of audit generally takes two to three hours to complete, depending on the type and size of premises or venue being audited.  This audit is particularly suited to small organisations and businesses.

Full Access audit

We also offer full access audits, which provide a comprehensive assessment of access issues, together with a report which can be used to develop an action plan to address the issues highlighted.  As this type of audit is more bespoke, we normally meet with the commissioning organisation to agree in detail to the work which will be undertaken. Generally speaking, the audit and the report take from two to four days to complete.

Access audits can include





  • directional signage:
  • font, case
  • maps and guides etc


Physical features

  • accessible car parking and number of accessible spaces
  • the nature the streets surface leading from accessible car parking closest to the main reception
  • street furniture etc


Visual features

  • tonal contrast and pattern
  • lighting levels etc


Acoustic features

  • noise levels etc





Benefits of the audit

Access to experienced auditors, who have worked in partnership with NHS boards in Scotland, and who have been actively engaged in consultation on a new hospital development in Glasgow, they also experience of working with public private and voluntary organisations across Scotland.

Undertaking reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 the audits will help you to make the appropriate adjustments in keeping with good practice and going beyond the minimum standard, showing your organisations commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The criteria for assessment are based upon:

  • The need to maximise access to and use of the building and its facilities by disabled residents and staff
  • Provisions in the relevant parts of the Technical Handbooks
  • British Standard BS 8300:2009 - A Code of Practice on the design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people
  • Currently published good practice in design and detailing that meets the needs of disabled people

Please note that compliance with advice provided by the Auditors does not ensure compliance with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005.  The Auditors does not accept any responsibility for loss occasioned by reason of non-compliance with the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005.

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