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Emergency Exit – Evacuating Patients Down Stairwells

Emergencies can happen anywhere and evacuating buildings safely is a priority for businesses and other large organisations including hospitals and care homes, where a larger majority of the evacuees are infirm or disabled. The most important thing is that people can be removed from the building safely and quickly during an emergency, such as a…

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Evacuation Options

When advising on the correct evacuation type for your institution or business, during a fire alarm or another Emergency, it’s important to choose the right kind of options. Depending on the type of emergency, there are a choice of options that you can choose: Vertical Evacuation  This is a preferred way to exit a building by…

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The Changing Nature of Risk Whitepaper

Experts from fire, facilities management and health and safety, joined Evac+Chair International, the world’s leading supplier and manufacturer of evacuation chairs, to debate The Changing Nature of Risk at a roundtable event in Birmingham. Guests were invited to consider how the modern workplace is changing, where and how the terrorism threat is impacting on policy and…

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Visitor poll finds 55% of health & safety managers do not include terrorism in evacuation plans

Evac+Chair International surveyed visitors at this year’s Health & Safety Event at the NEC with surprising results. Of the visitors questioned, 55% do not include terrorism within their emergency evacuation plans.   Almost 25% believed that they do not have the correct means of escape for everybody with mobility difficulties and 40% stated that fire…

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Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) Guide

Evac+Chair, the world’s leading manufacturer of the universal evacuation chair for smooth stairway descent during an emergency, has launched a guide detailing the importance of emergency evacuation equipment training. This guide to evacuation has been produced by Evac+Chair to advise businesses nationwide on how to prepare a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for employees who…

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The Nationwide choice for safe evacuation

While accessibility for both workers and visitors is an important issue for any organisation, a key element of any health and safety policy is to ensure that anyone with mobility issues can be safely evacuated from upper floors of buildings when lifts are out of action during an emergency. For well over a decade, Nationwide…

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A guide to ensure schools and universities are educated in safe, emergency evacuation

As an educator, you may be responsible for the safe evacuation of your building in an emergency. If that’s the case, we believe you will appreciate the Guide to Emergency Evacuation of Educational Establishments which we’ve recently published. As part of our work with schools, academies, colleges and universities, we’re finding that some emergency evacuation…

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Disabled people ‘only an afterthought’ according to the Lords report

Laws that are designed to outlaw discrimination in Britain “simply aren’t working in practice” according to a House of Lords report. The government said it monitored those with a duty to make reasonable adjustments on disability issues. Baroness Deech, who chaired the Lords committee said: “We have been struck by how disabled people are let…

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Five things you need to know about evacuating a multi-storey building

If you’re responsible for the health and safety of everyone in a multi-storey building, what should be top of your priorities? Ian Thompson, Sales & Marketing Director at Evac+Chair, lists his ‘high five’ – the major considerations as he sees them. 1. Everyone is your responsibility It is the employer’s or service provider’s responsibility to…

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How to ensure everyone is evacuated safely during a security threat?

As the current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe, it’s now time for every business owner to ensure they have comprehensive and up-to-date evacuation procedures in place. Although similar, emergency evacuation procedures caused by security threats, are tailored differently to fire evacuation procedures. For example, evacuating a building to a nearby…

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Delivering stairway safety solutions for Stoke City FC

As one of the Premier League football clubs committed to complying with the requirements for disabled access set out in Accessible Stadia, Stoke City has chosen stairway evacuation chairs supplied by Evac+Chair to provide safe means of exit for supporters unable to use stairs in an emergency. The Evac+Chairs are among the new facilities being…

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Providing safe exit from work

Shifting demographics and social awareness of issues such as disability are bringing greater diversity into the modern workforce.  Accessibility is something that every organisation must consider. That brings specific implications for those responsible for health and safety practices within a building.  Gerard Wallace, Managing Director of Evac+Chair looks at the changing workforce profile and the…

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PEEP’s & GEEP’s

Employers and organisations should not just rely on the building plan and layout design when preparing an evacuation plan. This important document needs to be tailored to the specific requirements of the workforce. The introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places the onus on employers or organisations to ensure that everyone, including…

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Evac+Chair attending Health and Safety Event

Evac+Chair will again be showcasing its world-leading emergency stair-descent solutions at this year’s Health and Safety Event, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 10 – 12 April 2018, stand number HS120. As well as promoting its innovative product range, Evac+Chair will be launching a new campaign – The changing nature of risk – which aims…

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Wasps Rugby Club updates their emergency evacuation equipment

Wasps Rugby Club, based at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, West Midlands, approached Evac+Chair seeking to update their current emergency evacuation equipment. Gary Moseley from Wasps Rugby Club explains: “Evac+Chair had been a major supplier at my previous place of work, and having used their products I knew that Evac+Chair offers the best solution in…

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