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Public Appointments Service Access Handbook 12 Jan 2010

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Public Appointments Service Access Handbook 12 Jan 2010

Public Appointments Service

Access Handbook

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    Access Handbook:

    for visitors and staff.

Gerard Murphy

    Human Resources.

    January 2010

    Version 4.1.

Copyright ? Public Appointments Service, 2010. Any unauthorised modification, tampering

    or change of any information, or any interference with the availability of or access to this

    publication is strictly prohibited. The Office acknowledges that copyright of certain diagrams

    and maps remains with the respective organisations and companies where applicable.

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     1 Introduction ............................................................................................... 3

    1.1 Purpose of access handbook .............................................................................. 3 1.2 Why accessibility? ................................................................................................... 4 1.3 Barriers faced by people with disabilities ......................................................... 4 1.4 Access and the legislative context ..................................................................... 4 1.5 Introduction to the building ................................................................................... 5 2 Location and Transport ............................................................................ 6 3 Layout of Building................................................................................... 16 4 Accessibility Features of the Building .................................................. 18

    5 Emergency Equipment and Evacuation ................................................ 20 5.1 Fire exits .................................................................................................................. 20 5.2 Emergency equipment ......................................................................................... 23 6 Conclusion .............................................................................................. 28

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    1 Introduction

    1.1 Purpose of access handbook

    The access handbook has been designed for the use of the public, and new staff; and which

    all staff should be aware of. The purpose of the access handbook is to provide a simple way

    of listing and explaining the features, facilities and accessibility of the Office.

The access handbook highlights:

    ? Background information on access;

    ? How to get to the Public Appointments Service building using various modes of

    transport;

    ? An in-depth description of the Offices’ layout, accessibility and function;

    ? Protocol for the evacuation of the Office in the event of an emergency.

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1.2 Why accessibility?

    We live in a diverse society, where social inclusion is becoming a worldwide issue and the

    demographics are changing; in particular the population is ageing and there is increased

    immigration. A report entitled “2010: A Europe Accessible for All” highlighted that

    accessibility is a key to autonomy, inclusion and sustainable development

    (http://www.socialdialogue.net/en/en_lib_170.htm). Sustainability is now high on the agenda

    for all and accessibility is a major factor in the delivery of a more sustainable environment.

    An accessible building has benefits for all. It is safer, healthier, more comfortable and easily

    adapted to changing needs.

    1.3 Barriers faced by people with disabilities

    Everyone requires equal consideration from those who commission, design, construct or

    manage buildings and the external environment, for example:

    ? Someone who is short of breath or has a broken ankle will find stairs difficult or

    impossible;

    ? A smooth circular doorknob will be very difficult to use if a person has poor grip;

    ? Street furniture or bollards that is poorly sited and/or does not contrast with the

    background, are a hazard for people with poor vision;

    ? Even a single step can deny entry to a person pulling a suitcase on wheels, or a

    person using a wheelchair.

    1.4 Access and the legislative context

    Access varies depending on disability and goes well beyond the physical type alone. Darcy

    (1998) has characterised access from four main dimensions:

    1. Physical access, which involves people with physical disabilities requiring the use of

    wheelchairs or walking aids and requires the provision of, for example, handrails,

    ramps, lifts and lowered counters;

    2. Sensory access, which involves people with hearing or vision impairment requiring the

    provision of, for example, tactile markings, signs and labels, hearing augmentation-

    listening systems and audio cues for lifts and lights;

    3. Communication access, which involves people who have difficulty with the written

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4. Cognitive access, which involves people who have impaired awareness, perception,

    reasoning and judgement.

1.5 Introduction to the building

    The Public Appointments Service is the primary recruitment service provider for

    government departments and certain state bodies. The Office is a modern building

    consisting of a ground floor and three additional floors above street level. Both

    employees and members of the public use the building. Approximately 160 staff

    members are on site on a daily basis in addition to members of the public. The building

    is used for administrative purposes, testing / interviewing candidates, seminars,

    meetings and, therefore, is used by a wide range of people with various accessibility

    needs on a regular basis.

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2 Location and Transport

    This section provides information on the exact whereabouts of the Office, with detailed

    descriptions on how to get here from the major arrival points in the city. This includes:

    ? Details on arrival by no vehicular means, car, taxi, bus (city & nationwide

    services), train , Luas and Dublin airport are included; (with network maps

    where relevant).

    ? Transport service provider contact details;

    ? Accessibility information on the transport providers and services related to

    accessibility;

    Getting Here: Location Map:

? Ordnance Survey Ireland/Government of Ireland 6 Copyright Permit No. MP 004206 & No. MNE 001106 (print & internet use).

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    The Public Appointments Services’ proximity to the city centre allows for a number of options when planning your visit to the Office. Outlined below are details and additional

    information to aid you in getting to our Office.

Walking / Cycling / non vehicular means:

    Our Office is located on Upper Abbey Street between Liffey Street and Jervis Street. A

    convenient way finder to our Office is to follow the Luas line from O’Connell Street, (see

    map page 6) The Jervis Luas Stop is located directly outside the entrance to the Office

    which is distinguishable by large pillars on the exterior of the building.

By Car:

    Dropping off of visitors coming by car directly to the main entrance of the Office is not

    feasible. This is due to the Luas Tram line which fronts our Office. Parking is available

    via on street parking in the vicinity of Wolf Tone Park or at the two nearest public car

    parks both located on Jervis Street and both of which have disabled parking. (Access to

    both car parks is via Ormond Quay, turning left at the Morrison Hotel onto Jervis Street,

    please see map for reference, page 6)

Bus:

    Bus Éireann: (serving outside the greater Dublin area)

    Bus Éireann provide an extensive service to and from outside the greater Dublin area.

    The majority of routes arrive at and depart from Busaras (Central Bus Station) which is

    located at Store Street in Dublin 1.

    A Luas stop is located beside the Central Bus Station on Store Street and we would

    recommend for your convenience that you avail of the Luas Rail getting off at the Jervis

    Stop. Our Office is located directly behind the Stop. (The fare for a single ticket from the

    Central Bus Station to the Jervis Stop is ?1.60 and it is not necessary to have the

    correct change.) You can use the Luas Fare Calculator for other journeys at

    http://www.luas.ie/fare-calculator.php

    ? For further information on the Bus Éireann network and accessiblity, please go to:

    http://www.buseireann.ie

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    Dublin Bus: (Dublin City and suburbs).

    A number of bus routes to the city centre are within proximity of the Office. To check

    which route best suits your needs and requirements please log onto www.dublinbus.ie

    or alternatively telephone Dublin Bus on 01-8734222.

    Opening hours for Dublin Bus: Monday 08.30 - 17.30; Tuesday to Friday 09.00 - 17.30;

    Saturday 09.00 - 13.00. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

    To view information on Dublin Bus wheelchair accessibility, go to:

    http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Accessibility

Luas Tram Line:

Please note that the Luas light rail system is currently undergoing expansion and

    upgrades at a number of points on the network. We are currently aware that the

    Belgard Luas Stop is closed until the summer 2010. Please check directly with Luas

    for further information on disruption / temporart closures which may affect your

    journey on the Red or Green lines.

    The Office is located on the red line of the Luas rail network at the Jervis Street stop on

    the out bound side of the Luas line from Connolly Station. There is a ramp on either side

    of the walkway which allows access across the line. For information, fares & timetables

    of the Luas service please visit www.luas.ie or alternatively telephone their Customer

    Care Line on 1800 300 604. Office Hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 to 17.00. Closed

    on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

    Please note that there have been a number of changes introduced as part of the Luas

    extension at Connolly Rail Station. The following guide will assist you with accessing the

    Luas stops in the vicinity of Connolly Station. Go to

    http://www.luas.ie/ul/Connolly%20Access%20Guide%20SMALL%201109.pdf

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    To view accessibility information relating to Luas network, go to:

    http://www.luas.ie/accessibility.php

    Stop information for Red and Green Luas lines follows:

    Red Line Services the Jervis Stop (Public Appointments Service) The Red Line stops are located as below: If you have difficulty viewing this page please go to

    http://www.luas.ie/red-line.php

     Stop Location Connections

    Tallaght Between the square CONNECTION TO CITY

    and the council offices 49, 49A, 50, 54A, 56A, 65, 65B, 76, 76A,

    76B, 77, 77A

    CONNECTION EX CITY

    49, 49A, 50, 54A, 56A, 65, 65B, 76, 76A,

    76B, 77, 77A

    Hospital On Cookstown Way just CONNECTION TO TALLAGHT

    outside Tallaght 210

    Hospital

    CONNECTION EX TALLAGHT

    210

    Cookstown Western entrance to CONNECTION TO TALLAGHT

    Cookstown Industrial 210

    Estate

    CONNECTION EX TALLAGHT

    210

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