Evacuation Chair Training Course
Every organisation should be prepared for emergency evacuation, so that all building occupants exit swiftly and safely.
In the event of a fire or an emergency within a multistoried building, elevators cannot be used as a means of escape. Stairs are the safest option, whether up or down.
However, where a disabled or immobile person is concerned, swift and safe escape via a stairwell becomes a little more difficult – hence the need for evacuation chairs.
Running on rollers, they can ascend and descend stairs smoothly and quickly, offering a viable means of escape for both the user and the operator.
Why thorough training is important
Using an evac chair correctly, especially in a high-tension, emergency situation, is not as simple as it might look. It does require technique.
Incorrect usage may even increase the risk of injury.
The responsible persons (i.e. the potential operators) must be confident in their ability to use the device if the time ever comes, which requires full training.
What will I learn?
Our evacuation chair training prepares all potential operators for safe and effective use of the equipment, as well as fully informing them of the legislation and theory behind it.
In short, the course is designed to make your employees fully aware of their responsibilities when it comes to evacuating their co-workers.
Is it a legal requirement?
Having and using evac chairs in itself is not a legal requirement (currently), but ensuring safe means of escape from your premises is a legal requirement.
Therefore if you do choose to have chairs installed (or you already have them), you must ensure that you provide adequate training for any employee who would be responsible for evacuation in an emergency situation.
This applies whether you own the building or are an operator or tenant.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 both state that all occupants of a building must have adequate means of escape in the event of an emergency. This includes making adjustments to ensure that disabled occupants are safely accounted for.
This is clearly stated in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998: “ensure that all people who use, supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training, which should include the correct use of the equipment, the risks that may arise from its use and the precautions to take”.
Do my premises need evac chairs?
If the building you operate in has multiple storeys, you should have a chair installed, otherwise you cannot guarantee the safety of anyone who is unable to get down your stairs quickly – whether that is an elderly visitor in a wheelchair, or an employee with a temporary injury such as a broken leg.
Who is responsible for usage?
As mentioned above, both building owners/operators and business tenants are required by law to ensure that the relevant occupants are fully trained on how to use emergency equipment, as well as ensure that it is correctly maintained.
Training course content
Our three-hour training course covers every aspect of evacuation chair usage.
|Course area||What’s included|
|Legislation and theory||An overview of risk assessments and the different pieces of applicable legislation, covering health and safety, Fire Safety and more, including:|
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
|Storage||A demonstration of the correct method of storage, which is crucial to protecting the equipment from accidental damage – thereby guaranteeing that it is always ready for safe use.|
|Safety checks||Guidance on visual inspection before usage, to prevent evacuees from being fastened to faulty/ineffective chairs – vital to the safety of the passenger and to the effective use of time.|
|Maintenance and repairs||Information on the steps necessary to maintain the longevity of the chair, external servicing requirements (usually manufacturer-specific) and how often to get the equipment serviced.|
|Emergency preparation||Clear instructions on how to set the chair up correctly while working under the pressure of an emergency situation.|
|Usage and operation||Step-by-step instructions on how to operate the chair on the stairwell, from fastening the user on, to exiting the building safely and finding the assembly point.|
Course specifics & FAQs
Where is the training held?
To give you the most relevant advice, we usually come to your premises and provide on-site training with your existing chair (if already installed). However, we can also host the training at one of our nationwide training locations. Just let us know your requirements and we will make the necessary arrangements.
How long does the course last?
Is there an assessment?
There is no formal examination, but each attendee will be required to set up and operate the chair under the supervision of our trainers.
Do we receive certificates?
Yes. Each person who completes the course will receive their own certificate.
How long is certification valid for?
Two years. After that time, recertification is required for all previous training attendees, to ensure that their working knowledge of the equipment is fresh.