Monday, May 15, 2017

Evacuation planning – diverse workforce requires accessibility for all - FMJ

by  Sarah OBeirne
Originally published:  May 12, 2017
Publisher: FMJ.co.uk 

At this year’s Health & Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham, Evac+Chair International found that 68 per cent of surveyed visitors were aware of who is responsible for evacuating a building in an emergency. Almost 70 per cent of people questioned knew that the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order (RRO) states the ‘Responsible Person’ – usually the business owner – should ensure employees are evacuated safely out of a building.

Surveying visitors about diversity and inclusion in their workplaces, Evac+Chair also found that over 60 per cent of people believe their place of employment did consider the modern, diverse workforce when evacuation planning.

However, the poll also found disappointing results. Thirty per cent of health professionals at the show believed their workplace had no means of escape for people with mobility difficulties whilst only 23 per cent of people surveyed had experienced an evacuation drill in the recommended last six months and 32 per cent of people questioned believed their evacuation equipment is not being used correctly.