How to Make an Office Reception More Accessible
Although more and more businesses are investing in the infrastructure and staff training to increase the accessibility of their commercial premises, many businesses don’t pay enough attention to their reception area. If your business’ reception area isn’t accessible enough, employees, customers and visitors with mobility issues won’t have a safe or comfortable experience. With this in mind, here are our top tips for making an office reception more accessible.
Widen doorways for wheelchair access
To ensure that your reception area is accessible for individuals who use wheelchairs, consider widening the entranceway to your office. This will make it easier for employees and customers who use wheelchairs to access your reception. It’s not just your reception’s front door that you’ll need to adapt – you will also need to make sure every door in your premises is wide enough for wheelchair access.
Replace steps with a wheelchair ramp
For people with mobility issues, climbing steps can be challenging. To prevent accidents and injuries, and to make it easier for people who use wheelchairs to gain access to your property, consider replacing any steps leading up to your reception with a ramp.
Install a step lift in your reception area
If you don’t have the space to fit a ramp, consider installing a step lift. Step lifts are also much easier than ramps to use, providing a safe and comfortable way to move between floor levels. While step lifts are designed to make properties more accessible for wheelchair users, they are also ideal for people with other mobility or sensory impairments. This makes them a popular choice for all business premises.
Make sure your reception is clearly signposted
Use signs in your office reception to make it clear to employees, customers and visitors with mobility issues where they can find alternative access routes. Signs pointing towards ramps and step lifts can make it much easier for people in a rush to find what they’re looking for.
Make important information available in different formats
Give employees and customers with visual or auditory impairments the option to request important information in different formats. For example, if you provide maps of the office or important brochures about your services, make sure you have these printed in Braille and recorded for download on mobile phones or other audio devices. Making sure important information is available in different formats can make your reception much more accessible and leave your customers and employees feeling valued.
At Euro Lifts, we’re dedicated to helping offices become more accessible with our range of lift installation services. No matter your requirements, our team of lift experts are on hand to design and fit the right lift for you. From step lifts to passenger lifts and escalators, we at Euro Lifts can install, maintain and repair all types of lifts. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.