Evac Chair Training Is As Essential As Evac Chair Provision
Can you spare 2.5 hours of your staff’s time to help save a life? Evac chair training does just that. In less than half a day, you can ensure enough of your people are trained to assist the less able out of a building in the event of a fire. It’s a legal requirement for building owners and managers to ensure that all occupants, disabled or otherwise, have reasonable access to all parts of public buildings. That includes evacuation chair provision, so anyone with restricted mobility can be safely removed from the premises in the event of a fire. But is it a legal obligation to offer evac chair training? The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 states that any equipment in the workplace must be utilised only by individuals who have received adequate information, instruction and training. So just installing evac chairs is not enough. Appointed employees must also attend an appropriate fire warden course to learn to use them correctly. Without suitable evac chair training, you’re likely to fail a fire risk assessment, putting your company’s reputation, as well as lives, at risk. This training gives your staff the confidence to use evacuation equipment safely.