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EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS


THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF EVACUATION PLANS


Evac+Chair International are urging businesses and organisations around the UK to be aware of their legal responsibility in properly evacuating all employees – not just those who use wheelchairs or are temporarily or permanently disabled. Due to legislation changes, employers have a new role in evacuating all employees, including training their employees in operating evacuation equipment.


LEGISLATION CHANGES Many organisations may be unaware that it’s no longer the responsibility of the fire service to co-ordinate the rescue and evacuation of occupants within their premises.


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places a legal duty on those individuals with responsibility over the management and operation of the premises to provide adequate means of escape in the event of a fire for all building occupants – not just their employees but all individuals on-site including those who may be visitors to the building.


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The Equality Act (2010), which replaced the majority of the Disability Discrimination Act, underpins fire safety legislation by stating that where an employer or service provider does not make provision for the safe evacuation of disabled people from its premises, it may be viewed as discrimination.


EVACUATING EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS The majority of employers do consider the measures for a safe evacuation of employees who are mobility impaired, but often ignore


the needs of pregnant or bariatric employees. These individuals may require specific equipment and evacuation plans to facilitate their safe exit during an emergency.


Under The Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations1999, employers are legally obligated to carry out a full risk assessment of employees who are expectant mothers.


A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) will be required for an expectant mother who is experiencing mobility difficulties, particularly in


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