Information about Evac+Chairs

The Evac+Chair is the original and the world’s leading evacuation chair, designed to allow people who are mobility impaired to be moved out of a building should the normal lifts be out of action or cannot be used due to a fire. The evacuation in such a situation must then be along the staircases, and evacuation chairs allow this without the need for lifting or great physical strength.

The Evac+Chair can be used in all non-domestic and commercial buildings to assist organisations in complying with health and safety regulations.

It is no longer the responsibility of the Fire and Rescue Service to evacuate persons from a building, and businesses should not rely on their intervention. In the UK, the Equality Act 2010 reiterates key elements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which places a legal duty on those with ‘responsibility’ over the management and operation of premises to provide adequate means for emergency escape in the event of a fire for all building occupants – and not just their employees.

Evac+Chairs are used in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Education
  • Business
  • Retail
  • Hotels
  • Council Buildings
  • Healthcare
  • Finance

A responsible approach to safely evacuating those with mobility problems requires internal training, which incorporates ensuring Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) are established and regularly reviewed in order to make certain occupants are as familiar as possible with the procedure to follow in the event of an emergency.

The standard Evac+Chair 300H has now been replaced with a new Mark 5 edition, which has a payload of 182kg and several design improvements over the previous model. For bariatric evacuation we can also offer the 500 which has the capacity to hold an individual weighing 227kg.  The new chair includes a foot rest, which doubles up as a support handle when the chair is used in the 2-person operation mode. We can also supply a variety of evacuation aids and accessories, including evacuation sheets and sledges and evacuation cots.

We provide essential training in how to use our evacuation chairs, as well as the correct procedures to follow. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is not enough – we tailor each session to the specific range of risks presented by each customer. Evac+Chair Train the Trainer classes provide a high level of training for ‘key trainers’. An employee who receives the Train the Trainer training can then competently train other employees. This makes it a useful and cost-effective method of training large numbers of staff within organisations, particularly for large or multi-site operations. Train the Trainer certification is valid for 3 years, after which re-assessment is recommended.

Hand-in-hand with robust training techniques is the need to ensure the equipment is regularly serviced to guarantee it can be operated in the event of an emergency. As a Class 1 Medical Device, an Evac+Chair should be regularly serviced and maintained to ensure its safe operation. This requirement is included within the PUWER (Provision of Use of Work Equipment) Regulations 1998. To help clients meet this legal requirement, we offer an annual service contract. In addition to an annual service, the contract also includes one additional site inspection per year and a 12-point visual check.  An optional installation service is also available.

The Evac+Chair is classified within the EU as a ‘medical device’ and therefore conforms to the provisions of the Medical Devices Directive, 93/42/EEC (2002) which requires all such devices to carry the CE mark.

Safelincs supply these quality evacuation chairs and related training and are experts in responsible evacuation planning.

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