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Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
Conditions requiring an evacuation
Many conditions can create an emergency situation. But not all of them would require an evacuation. Whether or not you need to evacuate depends on several factors. These include the type of emergency and the characteristics of the building (e.g., how many stories, the construction material). Your plan should specify exactly the conditions that require an evacuation.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
A personal emergency evacuation plan is an escape plan for individuals when they cannot find safety unaided in the event of an emergency.
The goal of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is to provide information to individuals who cannot exit a building unassisted with the best possible way out during an emergency and how they will be assisted.
Who needs Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan?
A personal emergency evacuation plan is required to be provided to anyone who needs additional help to evacuate the building in an emergency. This may include disabled people (mobility, sight, hearing. cognitive impairments), young children, elderly people, frail people or someone who has a temporary condition that hinders their escape.
Why do I need a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places a legal responsibility on those responsible for the management and operation of buildings to provide available means of escape in case of emergencies.
The regulation’s requirements apply to those members of staff or visitors in a building who have some type of impairment that may put them at an advantage or disadvantage in the event of an emergency.
The Order requires fire risk assessments to be completed as a means by which the responsible person can identify and manage fire risks.
Provisions for emergency evacuation of those with impairments should be considered an important part of the fire risk management process.
What should a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan include?
Employers and “Duty Holders” should ensure that effective arrangements have been made to ensure all staff, visitors and occupants can evacuate the building in an emergency. This should include people who may need some assistance to escape to a place of safety.
Personal Emergency Evacuations Plan should:
- Specify evacuation routes should be identified.
- Identify specific evacuation procedures and designated refuge areas.
- Identify the type of specialised equipment required such as an evacuation chair.
- Identify responsibilities of staff.
- Identify training requirements for the staff.
- Identify any necessary adaptations for the buildings.
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How can we help you with your Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan?
We can help you write your personal emergency evacuation plan. We will help you identify the individuals which require a personal emergency evacuation plan in your business.
Once identified we will work with you to formulate the evacuation plan looking at the building, key personnel assistance, safe routes and refuge requirements all tailored to the needs of the individuals.
Once the plan has been formulated, we can assist in providing all the necessary training to ensure the personal emergency evacuation plan is implemented and working.
A personal emergency evacuation plan is a great way to make sure you and your family are safe in the event of an emergency.
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