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Evac Chair Training For Your Business

Evac chair training could be a vital part of your fire safety training that you are not yet covering. Ensuring that everyone, including those who have mobility issues, can safely exit your premises in the event of a fire is essential. Such training, along with a fire warden course, ensures that you are compliant with current legislation and that all visitors, clients, and members of staff are kept safe should a fire or other emergency requiring evacuation occur at your place of business. It is important to understand how this training fits into your existing fire safety approach.

Where Does Such Training Fit Into Your Fire Risk Assessment?

If you are currently writing or reviewing your fire risk assessment, then you may be considering whether you need an evacuation chair and evac chair training. Every business and all premises are different, but a good rule of thumb is that if your premises has a lift, then you need some form of evacuation help for those who have mobility issues. The main reason for this is because in any type of evacuation emergency it is not safe to use lifts. While you may not have a member of staff with an obvious mobility issue, you need to consider the needs of visitors as well and consider less obvious mobility issues. These could range from visual impairment to those with balance issues and those who may have undergone recent knee or hip injuries or surgeries that mean they are unable to descend stairs quickly. Means of supporting those with mobility issue range from evacuation chairs to sledges and mats, what they all have in common, however, is that you need to be trained to safely and effectively use them. Trying to evacuate someone in a chair without the proper evacuation chair training is not only against health and safety regulations but could also result in injury to both you and the individual in the chair. So, if it is deemed that you require an evacuation chair to comply with fire regulations, then you need someone to appropriately evac chair train the trainer or fire officer for your business.

What Is Included In Fire Evacuation Chair Training?

Using an evacuation chair may seem simple, but in practice, it is far from it. Manoeuvring an individual downstairs in a chair takes time, patience, and skill; all of which must be displayed under pressure during an emergency situation. It also takes the individual in the chair to remain calm and still and to have complete confidence in the person moving them. Given this, it is important that a wide range of individuals take part in fire evacuation chair training. It is recommended that these people should include; those responsible for creating the evacuation plan, staff with responsibility for evacuation individuals with mobility issues, and regular visitors and staff members with mobility issues. A quality evacuation chair training course is a practical course that allows individuals to experience moving the chair with a passenger and being that passenger. Courses should cover how to get the chair ready for use, how to safely transfer an individual to the chair, and how to secure them in the chair. The best courses also cover how to keep the chair in good working order, including understanding which check should be undertaken and how often. Course participants should also come away with a better understanding of fire safety regulation and how these regulations relate to individuals with mobility issues. Courses should have a large practical element and develop confidence in the participants so that in the event of an emergency they know exactly what to do and why they need to undertake each step of the evacuation process.

Choosing The Right Provider Of Evacuation Chair Servicing And Training

Choosing the right provider is just as important as choosing the right evac chair training course. The crucial elements to check are experience and qualifications. Ideally, the course provider will have several years’ experience in providing evac chair course and other related fire safety courses. They should also be qualified by recognised institutions such as the Fire Prevention Association and the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety. Check that the courses that are offered by the provider are a balance of theory and practical application of the skills that are learned. The course should cover evacuation chair servicing and maintenance as well as usage. This ensures that the chair is always ready for use in an emergency. Courses should also meet your staffing training requirements under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. All this information should be readily available on the course providers’ website. They should be easily contactable, willing to work around you as far as possible, and able to answer any questions that you may have about any aspect of the course or their work. Check whether the course can be undertaken in your place of work. This is useful as it provides immediate context for the skills your staff are learning. Finally, check out testimonials and reviews of the course both on the providers’ website and independent third-party sites. Look for comments on the course itself, its usefulness, the delivery of the instructor and their helpfulness. If there is anything in the reviews that you are unsure of, then discuss this with the provider before booking your course.

Why Benfield Fire Safety Ltd Should Be First Choice For Evac Chair Training

If you are looking for a provider that not only meets but exceeds all these requirements, then look no further than Benfield Fire Safety Ltd. We have over 20 years’ experience in fire safety and are qualified with the Institute of Fire Safety Managers, the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Fire Prevention Association.

This evacuation chair course:

  • Lasts 2½ hours
  • Meets your legal requirement to train staff in as set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Can be run on your premises when you have at least eight to ten delegates, any time day or night
  • Requires a clear stairway, if possible, for the duration of the practical training
  • Costs from £55 per person

To book an evac chair training course with us, call today on 0300 303 3277. To learn more about who we are and what we do, either email us at customerservice@benfieldFS.co.uk or visit our website at https://benfieldfire.co.uk.