One of the major pieces of news that has hit this week is that Remploy, one of the major projects set up by the government, after World War 2 is going to close most of their projects. The budget is protected, but it’s vital to understand that these sheltered factories are often the safest place to work from for many people employed by the group.
Why this is important to access
Access audits are designed to support the needs of disabled people, so when the major projects have been or are going to be abolished it’s of vital importance to look at the various things that need to be done to protect and support those living in the areas, especially around those where factories are closing. It’s of critical importance to ensure that these people are protected and that if you work in those communities that you’re working with a completely updated building. It’s of critical importance therefore, to ensure that your building has an access audit, and that audit is up to date. One of the major reasons that this is a great idea is because there are many reasons you could take staff from these projects, if you’re local.
Even if you’re not in an area affected, it’s of vital importance to make sure you’re offering the best opportunities for those with disabilities of all kinds. Without these opportunities, these people will struggle to get work – but possibly more importantly for you, there might be the ability to get into whatever new scheme that the government chooses to run. It’s of vital importance to ensure that you’re working with the best of facilities.
Access audits are the way forward
One of the things every business can do is to update and support their access audits and ensure that they’re current and up to date with the Equality Act. One of the most important things to do is to ensure that the building they’re using is perfect for their needs, and perfect for the visitors and clients, staff and colleagues that visit them. One way to do this is to complete and update an access audit – there are other ways that can be employed, but by far and away, access audits are the best way to get everything in place and ensure that the support people need is available to them and their needs.
Once your access audit is complete, you’ll find that updating your site is so much easier, and that it’s easy to ensure that your building is fully accessible. Any updates that you need can be completed and you can ensure that you’re available to work with people no matter their needs, and supporting your community – even if the government is closing buildings.