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Campaign to Regulators and Employers
Disability discrimination laws are now in place in most developed countries to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. These laws along with workplace safety laws, generally provide for safe access into public buildings and to the services and facilities within these buildings. The same full consideration must be made for the safe evacuation of the building during a fire or other emergency, and this includes identification of egress routes for all. Discuss the need for an accessible means of egress with employers, building professionals and regulators. Identify wayfinding strategies to help all occupants find their way safety out of a building. This could include the use of a ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ or ‘Wheelie Man’ on exit signs to identify:
- Exit Doors by providing an illuminated sign, with in-built emergency lighting over each exit door, or to direct you to a required exit door.
- Exit Doors by placing a sign on the wall adjacent to any required Exit Door, at an accessible height.
- Emergency Evacuation Lifts, by providing a sign adjacent to the lift, at an accessible height.
- Refuge Areas (or Refuge Points) within fire protected compartments of the building, where people requiring assistance can move to, then be evacuation down (or up) the fire stairs with the use of an Emergency Evacuation Chair. From this safe area, they can then move to a safe area outside the building. These should be provided at an accessible height, with communication systems.
- Emergency Evacuation Chairs within Refuge Areas (i.e. on enlarged fire stair landings).
- Paths of travel from accessible exits leading to a Safe Area or Assembly Area outside the building.