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Evacuation Provisions for Persons Requiring Assistance

A comprehensive health and safety policy and emergency plan needs to incorporate the varying needs and physical capabilities of everyone who may be present in the building. It can be easy for those who are performing a fire risk assessment or devising the emergency evacuation procedures for an organisation to forget that there are likely to be people in the building(s) - particularly if it is a large company with many employees and numerous visitors coming and going for meetings, appointments etc -who may have additional requirements for safely and speedily evacuating the premises. It is essential that these needs are addressed and suitable planning done before an incident arises to enable this assistance to be provided so that people are not left trapped in the building.

People who may require assistance in the event of an emergency include the elderly, those in wheelchairs, deaf/hard of hearing, blind, infirm, mentally impaired and many others. Provisions will need to be made such as ensuring that those in wheelchairs can safely exit the building i.e. there are no steps on the escape route, that those who are deaf or hard of hearing are either provided with a vibrating alert device or that these people, along with the blind and infirm, have someone to assist them with evacuating the building. A comprehensive sweep in which all areas of the building are checked by a nominated person(s) will help to ensure that those requiring assistance are safely out of the building and have not been left behind inside.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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