Posted at 15/02/2018 14:22:07 Category: Articles
Approved Document M is a building regulation that covers access to and the use of buildings. There are two parts to this document. The first volume refers to dwellings and the second volume refers to all other buildings other than dwellings. It is an extensive document and as such, this blog is merely a brief insight into what sort of things are included in this legislation. Full information and a copy of Approved Document M can be found at www.gov.uk
All facilities in a workspace should be useable for absolutely everyone.
Where there are obstacles in achieving this - an access strategy is necessary; people must be warned of the accessibility situation and temporary measures may be put into practice.
There are many considerations within a building that need to be taken into consideration with ease of access. Some of these include:
Non-compliance with Doc M can lead to prosecution under the Equalities Act and the Local Authority Building Control body can take enforcement against any Doc M contravention, ending up in a costly process for the building owner.
There are plenty of facilities that can be factored in that would come under Approved Document M, such as Disabled Toilets, Reception Desks and kitchen worktops and design functions would take into account things such as lifts, doorways, access to switches and so on. This list is not exhaustive.
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