September 4, 2013
The recent revelation that there are 2 million more over-50s in jobs than there were 15 years ago means that creating an inclusive workplace is more critical than ever. Access and inclusive design impacts on every aspect of facilities management, from strategic procurement and design of space, to appropriate selection of lighting, finishes and fittings, which is why the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has now updated its Good Practice Guide (GPG) providing practical guidance for facilities management professionals on the issue. Inclusive Access, Disability and the Equality Act gives a summary of all the relevant legislative and regulatory changes and gives practical tips on achieving reasonable access for all.
Jacqueline Gillman, Product Development Manager at BIFM said: “With the previous edition of this guide being released in 2009, this update provides practical guidance on how FM professionals play a key role in meeting the needs of the whole population by achieving an inclusive service or building which also meets legislative requirements. BIFM is committed to driving the inclusive access agenda following the Equality Act 2010 and the launch of this guide enables users to advocate that agenda.”
Users of this Inclusive Access, Disability and the Equality Act GPG can expect to gain an understanding of what the barriers might be in providing an inclusive service or building and also learn how to develop strategies for their removal or the development of management practices that minimise or overcome those barriers to equal service delivery.
BIFM with the help of FM experts has produced the only UK guide focusing on the FM role in accessibility, which is recognised as one of the most important and influential professions in delivering facilities that truly meet diverse users’ needs and ensures everyone can access buildings in an equally dignified and safe manner.
This new GPG follows on from the recent launch of the Benchmarking and Space Planning and Management GPGs, which are available for BIFM members as part of their membership benefits, while non-BIFM members can purchase the GPGs for £19.99.
Click here to download the new guide and other practical guidance.