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Safe Evacuation of People With Disabilities

Graham Marshall - Thursday, August 18, 2011

The safety-critical component to any emergency evacuation of a facility is to get everyone away from the danger zone quickly and safely. 

In the case of people with a disability, if they can get into a facility then there is no reason for them not to be able to get out again during an evacuation.
To assist property and facility managers with developing sound planning for such emergencies, Standards Australia has developed AS/NZ 3745 2010.

The objective of AS/NZ 3745 is to provide a framework for emergency planning, utilizing the built facilities as appropriate to ensure the safety of all occupants.

The new Standard also includes expanded and revised sections on the following topics:

(a) Developing the emergency plan;

(b) Duties of the emergency planning committee and emergency control organization;

(c) Provisions for occupants with a disability;

(d) Education and training; and

(e) Guidance on how to determine the size of the emergency control organization.

A useful website for those with a further interest in planning emergency response requirements for people with disabilities can be found here.




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