Businesses feal cost of new Disability Legislation

March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
This article presents information on 'Access and Inclusion--A Management Guide', published by Croner, which offers practical advice for organisations to prepare for Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Great Britain. The survey by Croner shows that 42% of health and safety professionals polled think achieving compliance with Part III of the act will be a financial strain on their organisations. The guide offers advice to facilities and premises managers regarding access audits and making reasonable adjustments to the physical features of their premises to ensure access for the disabilities. It includes a legislative overview, management advice on compliance and inclusive design, plus records and procedures providing assistance in developing a disability access statement and policy. Development manager Sally Wilson said implementing changes to disabled access will be a costly process and organisations must start planning in order to spread the cost and achieve compliance. If they do not, they risk prosecution, fines, legal costs and discrimination claims when changes came into force. Using the guide means organisations can receive advice on carrying out access audits, which is essential in identifying barriers for disabled people.


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