An Access Alternative Solution can be very costly unless...
By David W
Alternative Solutions are seen by
many as a method of obtaining a Change of use Approval for
Premises that on the surface appear to be unsuitable and non-compliant with legislation.
Whilst a paper certification in relation to building code compliance may be obtained the importance of
Disability Discrimination must not be compromised under
any circumstances. Litigation could be lurking just round the corner unless?
By now you should be wondering? “What is it he is
getting At” What can possibly go
wrong? The answer is that a building operator should have a professionally
produced Management Plan for the functional and operational management of the premises that
will ensure that there will be no grounds for a
complaint to be made and upheld in law on the basis that a particular person has been denied
equitable and inclusive access to the premises in question.
Grounds for a Discrimination complaint may occur unless uniform protection against unfair and
unfavorable treatment of people with a disability or a person who is an associate can be demonstrated.
When a person with a disability wishes to utilize premises including all
buildings, external spaces, car parking areas, pathways and facilities then equitable, dignified, access must be provided. Failure to do so could provide grounds
for complaint and possibly lead to costly compliant modifications being required to resolve the specific
issue of complaint.
An Access Management Plan specifically written and
tailored to suit each premises and their respective operation when an Alternative Solution is
proposed should always be considered relative to each Alternative Solution
Obvius Access regularly successfully produces for
their clients Alternative Access Solution Reports that incorporate a Project Specific Management
Plan which are based upon their extensive in depth experience and expertise in integrating
compliancy and management.
We are here to help you provide the Total
Solution so please feel free to contact us we look forward to
the challenge each project provides
Bedwell is a Director of Obvius Access an Australian Disability Access Consultancy located
in the Gold Coast Queensland
and Sydney New South
Visit the practices
web-site www.accessconsultant.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org