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As a Health and Safety Manager, you know that the evacuation a building in the event of an emergency is critical in ensuring the health and safety of everyone inside. This is especially important when taking into consideration that there may be people with a disability or impaired mobility in-side.

It is your responsibility to ensure everybody can make a safe escape by offering suitable escape plans and equipment, such as an evacuation chair.

What is an evacuation chair?

An evacuation chair is a device designed to enable the safe evacuation of a building. Evacuation chairs are essential for evacuating those who are disabled, or less mobile, in the event of an emergency.

An evacuation chair is a quick, simple and comfortable way of evacuating somebody who may need assistance (the sick, injured, disabled or pregnant) when leaving a building in an evacuation.

At Fire Risk Solutions, our range of evacuation chairs have been designed for quick and easy use on stairways and fire escapes, as well as easy operation and comfort along flat surfaces.

Why are evacuation chairs important?

While there is no law which states businesses must provide an evacuation chair, leaving a disabled person in a building in an emergency could potentially result in legal action being taken against you.

In a workplace environment, it is the responsibility of the designated ‘responsible person’ to en-sure that everybody gets out of a building safely in an emergency. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005 asks for this.

Under the Disabled Discrimination Act 2005 and/or Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate against any person with a disability. This only comes in to play if an incident happens before 2010 which is not relevant to this piece.

Leaving somebody behind in a building during an emergency whilst others are leaving is not only discriminatory, it is also extremely dangerous and a clear breach of the above legislation.

Did you know that on average, approximately 10% of people in a building at any one time are in a risk group? This could be people who are sick, liable to panic attacks, epileptic, injured, disabled, pregnant or those with visual impairments.

Who needs to be equipped with evacuation chairs?

Health and safety managers need to make sure that any building open to members of the public is equipped with an evacuation chair.

This could include colleges, schools, hotels, office blocks and any multi-storey building who cannot afford not to be without this essential piece of equipment.

Evacuation chair training

To learn how to use an evacuation chair safely and effectively, it is essential that you receive the necessary training.

Fire Risk Solutions offer a dedicated Evacuation Chair Training course, which will give you and your staff an understanding of the fire regulations affecting mobility impaired people.

You will also learn the main issues affecting those with a mobility impairment along with a complete knowledge of how to use an evacuation chair should the instance arise.

The Fire Risk Solutions Evacuation Chair Training Course is certificated and will provide you with all the required information and training to ensure that you and your organisation complies with the Disabled Discrimination Act 2005 and Equality Act 2010.

This was a guest post from Fire Risk Solutions www.firerisksolutions.org.uk