Be prepared for an evacuation
As the nominated responsible person, it is your job to ensure that staff are trained in the use of evacuation equipment (evacuation chairs or mattresses), in the workplace. Not only this, they need to have the confidence to assist a vulnerable colleague in a crisis and to help them to evacuate a building, regardless of it being as part of an annual fire drill or if it really is in an emergency.
Don’t put people at risk! Always ensure that training is carried out in their own building, using their own evacuation equipment (evacuation chair / evacuation mattress). As the training is very site specific, there needs to be an assessment of the type of building, as well as its usage. Together with any awareness of staff/public issues that should have been identified or need to be identified.
Escape Mobility training is site-specific, so your staff are trained to use the evacuation chairs, evacuation mattresses, evacuation sheets and powered stair climbers in their own building so that you know that it will fit into your own fire evacuation & people moving procedures.
Our advice is to have your staff (or part of them) trained annually so that you are never faced with unpleasant surprises.