Evacuation for Universities and Colleges
At universities, emergency planning measures must cater for students, visitors and staff of all ages. As the nominated responsible person, you must take into consideration the wide range of mobility issues that could inhibit a person’s ability to evacuate the college or university building safely in the event of an emergency.
Student accommodation is one of the important factors to be considered. For students with restricted mobility, you must consider their accommodation. Are rooms located on ground floor? If not, do you have the correct evacuation measures and evacuation equipment in place that will ensure they can evacuate the university accommodation buildings safely in the event of an emergency?
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) states that a mobility-impaired person, a visitor, student, tutor - in fact, anyone - cannot be stopped from visiting friends in halls of residence that are located above ground level. As such, you must ensure that they can evacuate safely down the stairs if an emergency situation occurs by keeping evacuation equipment for the university on hand on all floors.
Also, be sure to consider the location of auditoriums, restaurants and lecture theatres. Are they located on the ground floor or higher up? Do students and visitors in wheelchairs sit on the upper or lower levels? Are there restricted areas within the university, and are these restrictions well communicated?
It is also important to consider the evacuation hazards at universities associated with student parties, concerts and student union bars. There is always the possibility that participants will be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In case of an emergency evacuation in universities or a fire drill, inebriated individuals may need assistance in evacuating the university or college building safely.
Adult students may be reluctant to admit that they have a disability or are mobility-restricted. However, it is important that students share this information with university or college administrators so that they can receive their own PEEPs policy. As part of the university student induction sessions, all students should be made aware of their responsibility to inform staff if they have mobility issues. At this time, they should be taught the correct emergency evacuation procedures that have been set by the governing university.
It's not just about having the right emergency evacuation products though
It is also highly important to not only make sure to have the right equipment in place at your university or college, but to ensure that those who will be using the equipment are able to evacuate somebody safely and quickly. As such, Escape Mobility can work with you and your team to ensure that the relevant people are trained in using evacuation products in either a drill or a genuine emergency situation.
Additional to this is to ensure that, like a car or a boiler, the evacuation equipment you have is regularly serviced and maintained to ensure that it is in full working order in the event of an emergency evacuation at your university. Escape Mobility can provide the maintenance and servicing of any evacuation product, either made by ourselves or by another manufacturer.
Give our team a call today to discuss how we can help improve your emergency planning process for evacuations of universities or colleges on 0844 800 1775.