All employers are obliged under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act to provide a well-managed, safe working environment for their employees, but disabled people, whether they’re employees or customers/visitors/service uses, face additional barriers and hazards.
The Equality Act 2010 imposes a duty on employers, shops, schools and local authority organisations more broadly to make reasonable adjustments to remove the barriers disabled people face. Our range of Disability Aids at SafetyShop.com are designed to help you do exactly that.
Let’s embark on a guided tour of what we offer to help you make your premises as accessible and user friendly to disabled people as possible. Often, as you’ll see, simple but clever technological devices can make an enormous difference, facilitating new forms of access for disabled employees or visitors. People deserve to be measured by their talents and needs, not by contingencies like disability.
There are multiple different kinds of disability, some of which aren’t immediately obvious. Some people may be hearing impaired or partially sighted, for example.
However, whatever the disability, we seek to provide solutions to ensure you comply with the Equality Act’s requirement that you take reasonable measures to remove obstacles to access by disabled people. Here’s a quick guide to the products we offer to facilitate this
People with hearing aids can receive amplified hearing if they are within an audio induction or hearing loop area, simply by switching their devices to the ‘T’ position. This helps eliminate a common problem for people with hearing aids – irritating whistling caused by feedback from the phone’s mike, which makes actually listening to the conversation exceedingly difficult. The ‘T’ position disables the phone’s microphone, preventing whistling feedback and enabling the hearing aid wearer to listen to the person speaking, but often also picks up distracting background sounds.
Our Soundshuttle™ Portable Induction Loop is, as its name implies, an easily movable hearing loop covering 1.3m which is neatly contained within the compact unit, ensuring there are no untidy wires that may become trip hazards. It removes background noise that would otherwise be picked up by a hearing aid but protects conversational confidentiality when the ‘T’ position is in operation. Available in black for a discreet appearance, or in yellow if you want to draw attention to its availability.
A related product that is designed to be as discreet as possible is our Discreet Induction Loop. This, too, reduces distracting background noise for hearing aid users but can be mounted either in view of the desktop or out of view underneath it. It takes just 15 minutes to install but, unlike the previous product, comes equipped with an external loop to cover a much larger area, such as checkout desks with desktop microphones or entire reception areas.
Our Touch Glass Wireless Doorbell will alert your staff that assistance is needed whenever a disabled visitor of employee touches it. It’s simply mounted to the inside of a window or glass door using the supplied double-sided application pads, and it functions equally well with single glazing or double glazing up to 28mm in thickness. The portable receiver has a range of 100m.
I would like disabled people to feel welcome when they arrive at my premises – are there doorbells designed for disabled people who may be in a wheelchair?
Yes. Our DDA Doorbell Button & Wireless Receiver can be fitted to any doorframe at the height you choose, and connected to the supplied transmitter with a 2-core cable. The freestanding battery operated receiver has a range of 100m
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