Why are New Lift Installations are Important to Your Business?
In this day and age, all businesses should be accessible and welcoming to employees with disabilities. Not only in terms of physical accessibility such as lifts and ramps, but technology and in-house support too. Despite disability being a lot more talked about with less stigma, there are still workplaces that do not cater to those with mobility-related conditions. According to the NHS, there are currently around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, two thirds of which are regular users. These rates are a clear indication that workplaces need to improve their accessibility and create equal opportunities.
Among the practical changes that can aid wheelchair users or individuals with limited mobility, lifts are a great solution to consider. At Euro Lifts, we specialise in a range of lifts including wheelchair lifts and passenger lifts that can improve your business. We understand how important it is to make your workplace a safe and accessible place, so we’ve put together this useful blog on accessibility. Read on for all you need to know about making your premises welcoming and reachable by everyone.
What is accessibility?
Accessibility is the practice of allowing as many people as possible to access a service, location or product no matter their abilities or disabilities. When applied to the workplace, there are several ways of making your office or commercial setting accessible, most of which are practical. For example, if your workplace is in a multi-story building with no lift, this is not accessible for wheelchair users. Unfortunately, there is often a misunderstanding that disabled individuals or those with additional needs are unable to work, however, this is not the case.
If you would like a diverse and inclusive workplace, accessibility is key so never underestimate its importance. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to improve accessibility not just for future employees and visitors but current staff members too.
How can lifts help with accessibility?
Understanding what people with mobility needs and disabilities require is the first step in improving your workplace. Think about how easy it is for everyone to move around your building as soon as they get through the doors – you may have hit the first hurdle if you don’t have a lift installed. Wheelchair users cannot use the stairs as well as individuals using walking aids or those with restricted movement. Having a lift in your building removes this obstacle and allows everyone to move between floors independently and safely.
Entry points and exits should be fully accessible for employees and visitors so having a lift in your reception area can be extremely helpful. They are simply a practical way of helping everyone get around with ease including those with hidden disabilities that affect them physically such as chronic pain, epilepsy, fatigue disorders and more.
Why is accessibility important?
As an employer, your workplace should be welcoming and accepting of everyone including those with additional needs. You may believe that you are an accessible employer, but do you have the practical changes that employees need? Diversity in the workplace is a hot topic that has been at the forefront of the accessibility battle for decades, and having the right measures in place is a step in the right direction.
In terms of business, not having an accessible workplace could be limiting the amount of talent within your company simply because you are inaccessible. According to the Equality Act 2010, employees can ask for ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the workplace if they are not already in place. But, ensuring that you already have practical measures in place shows that you welcome everyone to your business.
Being an accessible workplace is important because:
- You are providing equal opportunities to all employees and future employees
- Your working environment is much safer for wheelchair users and disabled employees
- You are less likely to have workplace accidents
- You can improve productivity and efficiency among your staff
- You can improve employee welfare as everyone will feel comfortable and catered for at work
- If diversity and inclusivity is a part of your business ethos, you are putting these ideas into practice
What type of lifts can improve accessibility?
As mentioned, lifts are one of the best ways of improving the practical accessibility of your workplace. But, the type of lift you can have installed will depend on the size and layout of your building. Think carefully about which options are going to be the most useful as well as cost-effective for your business.
Here are three lift installations that may be suitable for your workplace:
Standard passenger lifts are the most common type of lift in commercial locations and workplaces. They are big enough for wheelchair users and those using walking aids to comfortable use alongside other passengers. If you work in a multi level building, then passenger lifts are the most efficient and cost-effective solution to moving between floors.
If your workplace has a set of stairs to navigate, installing a wheelchair lift means that everyone can safely use the stairs. Similar to a stair lift, a wheelchair lift is attached to the railings of a staircase and has a large platform where users can mount themselves into place before being transported from one level to another. The application of the wheelchair lift is highly flexible – it can be mounted to either the right or left hand side of the stairway, both internally and externally.
Alternatively, platform lifts are in many ways a combination of a passenger lift and a wheelchair lift. They are enclosed platforms that are usually installed to the side of a staircase so users can move up a small level or to a completely different story. If you have a restricted amount of space and cannot fit a passenger lift, a platform life is a great option especially for spaces with reduced headroom.
At Euro Lifts, we can install high-quality platform lifts at affordable prices. Our team will assess your space to ensure it’s suitable for the installation and get to work on your lifting solution. Working across the South West, we’ve helped a range of clients improve the accessibility of their building with our choice of convenient lifts. Get in touch with us today and find out more.
Euro Lifts: Lift Installations, Repairs and Refurbishments in the South West
At Euro Lifts, our highly experienced team works across the South West providing lift installations, repairs and more. If you want to improve the accessibility of your workplace, we can help you find the right solution for your premises. From wheelchair lifts to passenger lifts, we can organise a free on-site survey to find an appropriate product for your needs and requirements.
With over 30 years of industry experience, we have a long list of satisfied customers throughout South West England. As well as offering high-quality installation services, we also take care of ongoing maintenance, repairs and emergency call outs so you can get back up and running in no time. For an all round lift installation and repair company that you can trust, contact Euro Lifts for more information.