As the New Year is under way and businesses start to look at ways to use up expiring budgets, as well as forthcoming budget spend forecasts in the coming tax year, now is an ideal time to look at the maintenance and servicing of your evac chairs and equipment, which can often get overlooked.
Once you’ve purchased your equipment, secure it in the right locations and train your staff how to use it correctly, it’s easy to consider that as a tick on your health & safety audit form and then forget all about it. Unfortunately, it’s human nature to let things slip from memory until the time comes when you’re required to use them in an emergency.
With any kind of specialist escape-equipment, it is imperative that they are kept in optimum working condition, so that when the time comes to use them, you know they will function correctly. If forgotten about and not kept operational it poses an increased risk to both clients and operators.
Evacusafe recommends that annual servicing will ensure the long term usability of your equipment. The company states that rubber tracks on the base of the chairs may perish over the course of time and should be replaced every five years.
Service plans are not expensive and allow you to keep in line with your legal obligations and provide you with the peace of mind that your staff and equipment would be able to carry out a successful emergency withdrawal of a mobility impaired person, should the need arise.
Evacusafe professional engineers can carry out a fully certified service on all types of evac chairs from various manufacturers, providing a report for your own maintenance records.