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Evacuation Chair Usage: A Step-by-Step Guide

An evacuation chair is a specialized tool for safely moving individuals with limited mobility in emergencies. Here’s a guide on its proper use:

1) Risk Assessment

Evaluate the environment for safety.
Ensure appropriateness for the individual.

2) Know the Escape Plan

Familiarize yourself with the building’s exit plan.
Identify the storage location of the evacuation chair.

3) Building Layout Awareness

Understand the layout, stairs, exits, and potential hazards.

4) Chair Familiarization

Read instructions and understand safety precautions.
Ensure precise operation knowledge.

5) Chair Preparation

Maintain and check brakes, wheels, and restraints.
Confirm the chair is in good working condition.

6) Individual Preparation

Inform and position the individual comfortably.
Secure necessary belts or restraints.

7) Chair Positioning

Place the chair at the top of the stairs on a level surface.
Engage the brakes for stability.

8) Lifting Techniques

Use correct lifting techniques to avoid injury.
end at the knees, keep your back straight, and lift using your legs.

9) Descent

Move the chair down the stairs steadily.
Use brakes for speed control.

10) Monitor the Individual

Observe for signs of discomfort or distress.
Adjust the chair if needed.

11) Exit Safely

Once outside, move the chair to a safe location.
Assist the individual and seek medical attention if necessary.

Note: Professional training is crucial. If responsible for evacuations, ensure certified training, like Evacusafe’s, covering risk assessment, chair features, lifting techniques, and emergency procedures.

Evacuation Chair Training Essentials

Professional training is vital for the safe and effective use of an evacuation chair. Consider the following:

1) Identify Training Needs

Determine personnel responsible for chair operation.
Assess their training requirements.

2) Choose Training Resources

Select from online courses, in-person sessions, or instructional videos.
Pick a resource aligning with your organization’s needs.

3) Develop a Training Plan:

Create a comprehensive plan covering all chair aspects.
Include risk assessment, features, lifting techniques, and emergency response.

4) Conduct Training Sessions

Train personnel responsible for chair operation.
Provide hands-on practice and allow questions.

5) Refresher Training

Offer regular refresher sessions to maintain familiarity.
Ensure personnel readiness for emergencies.

6) Evaluate Training Effectiveness

Regularly assess the training program’s effectiveness.
Confirm personnel readiness for safe chair operation.

Remember, ongoing and evaluated training ensures personnel readiness for emergencies, prioritizing the safety of both operators and individuals being transported.  Eacusafe offers certified evacuation chair training courses which may be of benefit to you or your colleagues.  It is fully certified and externally approved by both RoSPA & the IIRSM.

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