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Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS)

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS) Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy

Employers must make arrangements for the safe evacuation of all employees and visitors in a workplace emergency. For employees with disabilities, this may require Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS). Our latest article explains what this is, and how, as a business, you can execute this safely.

What is a PEEP

A PEEP is a plan for a person who may need assistance, for instance, a person with impaired mobility, to evacuate a building or reach a place of safety in the event of an emergency.

Why do l need one?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 require employers to implement effective arrangements for emergency evacuation for all employees.

Who needs a PEEP

The key question to ask is ¬†“Can this person leave the building unaided in an emergency?” If the answer is no, they need their own evacuation plan. A PEEP may be needed for someone with an impairment or disability such as:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Sight impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • A medical condition or injury which might cause them to need assistance to evacuate safely

Sometimes the requirement for a PEEP may be temporary for instance, someone who is using a wheelchair because of a broken leg or someone in the late stages of pregnancy.

IMPORTANT – the plan must not rely on the Fire and Rescue Services intervention to make the plan work.

Who’s responsible for writing Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS)?

A ‘responsible person’ is tasked with ensuring fire safety duties are met for non-domestic properties. For workplaces people such as but not limited to, the employer, business owner or designated individual can be the responsible person.

If you’re an employer, you must:

  • Assess fire risks
  • Implement adequate fire safety measures
  • Plan for the safe evacuation of all people in your workplace

Writing the PEEP

Each person’s disability and needs will be different and therefore each person requiring a plan needs one specific to their own requirements to allow them to safely exit. ¬†Formulating the plan should be a collaborative effort between the person with a disability and the responsible or competent person.

Not all people with a disability will require assistance from another person. In some instances, where suitable aids and adaptations have been provided, the person will be able to facilitate their own escape. Recognising their dignity and right to independent evacuation is an important part of the planning, so good negotiation skills are needed.

Well thought through Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS) are important in making our workplaces safe for everybody and demonstrate our commitment to improving accessibility.

For further information and assistance on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS), please contact us here.

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