Safe Handling of Disabled Persons in Workplaces.
Policies have been put in place to safeguard disabled people who may be working in a building. In the case of an emergency the policy states that it is the responsibility of the institution in collaboration with the fire brigade to ensure the safe evacuation of these disabled people. In case of a policy change that leaves the responsibility entirely on the institutions, there are certain implications that are likely to arise.
Employees will need to be trained on safe evacuation of the disabled. This means that they will have to go through the entire training of ensuring that such employees are successfully evacuated from the building. Moreover, certain employees will have to be assigned to these employees and it will be their responsibility to ensure that these employees are evacuated in the case of an emergency. This will have an impact on safety codes of the building since they will have to be revised so that they can take care of these new responsibilities so that they ensure that such employees are covered by the policy (“Basic Means of Escape from Fire : Firesafe.org.uk,” 2011) .
Secondly, this change in policy will have an implication on the current evacuation procedures. Previously, the disabled person would be taken to a protected stair landing and afterwards the fire brigade would take over. Now with change in policy, the institution will have to readjust itself so that it is able to handle all the evacuation procedures. The consequence of this is that the company will be required to invest heavily on equipment that will ensure the safe evacuation of these individuals. This might have financial constraints on the institution because besides purchasing of these equipment, it will be required that the institution will have to train their manpower to handle such cases (| Australian Building Codes Board, 2005).
Thirdly, the institution will have to design and develop different types of evacuation procedures and facilities. This is the through the use of contingency planning since different individuals that are disabled have varying needs that must be taken care of. This can be accomplished by carrying out an access audit that will access where the institution’s premises are accessible and the time it would require to evacuate these individuals. It would be also prudent to consider certain factors such as
In the same light, a contingency plan is required to be carried out whereby the institution will consider the various disabilities and their special needs. This to ensure that training and evacuation procedures are centred on this so that they serve these individuals right. This would reduce time wastage, accidents and confusion during an emergency. Furthermore, it would enable other staff know the escape routes that are safest and are nearest. This would reduce scenarios that lead to injury, panic and distress.
Finally, another implication would be that such a move would necessitate the need to carry out research on mobility equipment and human factors that can aid these disabled people. Ultimately there would be need to provide auxiliary aids that enable such people move with ease on their own in case of an emergency as well as enable such a person call out for help in case of danger. This would reduce instances of injury or accident that would have been avoided if proper communication was done.
Basic Means of Escape from Fire: Firesafe.org.uk. (2011, April 1). Retrieved from https://www.firesafe.org.uk/basic-means-of-escape-from-fire/
(2005). Retrieved from https://www.abcb.gov.au/-/media/Files/Resources/Education-Training/Guidelines-International-Fire-Engineering-2005.pdf