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Safer Evacuations for All:
PEEPs and GEEPs
Presentation for
by Lee Wilson
Advocate for Universal Design and Accessible Egr...
An Important Message
“The focus on access into premises
to enable people with disability to
fully use a building, needs to...
Planning for Emergencies
“History has shown that planning
for emergency evacuation
dramatically increases the chance
for s...
Presentation Overview
1. How I came to be here today
2. The ‘gap’ in legislation
3. Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (P...
Presentation Overview continued
5. Enhanced measures for safe evacuation
6. Enhanced wayfinding concepts
7. Occupant warni...
How I Came To Be Here Today
• Studying Masters degree
• Completed 8,000 word thesis
• Continued writing over 40,000 words
...
The ‘Gap’ in Legislation
Australian Legal Framework
• Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992
• Commonwealth Work Health ...
What are PEEPs
• PEEP considers individual needs
• Assesses characteristics of specific building
• Essential document for ...
What are GEEPs
• Generic arrangements that cater for EVERYONE
• It’s more complex to manage public buildings
 People in u...
Enhanced Measures for Safe Evacuation
• Accessible evacuation routes (or accessible means of egress)
• Emergency Evacuatio...
Enhanced Wayfinding Concepts
• Accessible exit signs:
 Refuge Area
 Evacuation lifts
 Evacuation chairs
• Increased con...
Occupant Warning Considerations
• Accessible ‘break glass’ alarms
• Refuge communication systems
• Visual warnings / alarm...
Conclusions & Recommendations
• We need more industry guidance
• Changes in social and attitudinal factors
• Changes to le...
Get the FREE Guidebook
www.accessibleexitsigns.com/evacuation-guide/
Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wi...
Questions?
For further information please
contact Lee Wilson:
• Mobile: 0438 580 729
• Email: lee@leewilson.com.au
• Web: ...
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Australian Network on Disability, Safer Evacuations for all PEEPs and GEEPs

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Presentation to the Australian Network on Disability Member Roundtable Meeting on Wednesday 24 February 2016.

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Australian Network on Disability, Safer Evacuations for all PEEPs and GEEPs

  1. 1. Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs Presentation for by Lee Wilson Advocate for Universal Design and Accessible Egress Wednesday, 24 February 2016 ®
  2. 2. An Important Message “The focus on access into premises to enable people with disability to fully use a building, needs to be matched with arrangements for their safe egress in the event of a fire” Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson (adapted from Scottish Government 2007 publication) ®
  3. 3. Planning for Emergencies “History has shown that planning for emergency evacuation dramatically increases the chance for successful evacuation” (Loy, Hirsh & Batiste 2006) Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  4. 4. Presentation Overview 1. How I came to be here today 2. The ‘gap’ in legislation 3. Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) 4. Group (or Generic) Emergency Evacuation Plans (GEEPs) Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  5. 5. Presentation Overview continued 5. Enhanced measures for safe evacuation 6. Enhanced wayfinding concepts 7. Occupant warning system considerations 8. Conclusions & Recommendations Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  6. 6. How I Came To Be Here Today • Studying Masters degree • Completed 8,000 word thesis • Continued writing over 40,000 words • Released evacuation guidebook: Evacuation of People with Disability & Emergent Limitations Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  7. 7. The ‘Gap’ in Legislation Australian Legal Framework • Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 • Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011 • State / Territory based Work Health and Safety laws • National Construction Code (adopted into building legislation) Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  8. 8. What are PEEPs • PEEP considers individual needs • Assesses characteristics of specific building • Essential document for each employee who may be delayed in their ability to respond, react or evacuate Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson • A generic type plan will not address everyone’s unique needs ®
  9. 9. What are GEEPs • Generic arrangements that cater for EVERYONE • It’s more complex to manage public buildings  People in unfamiliar environments  Not aware of evacuation arrangements  Don’t follow cues or instructions • Ignoring members of public or visitors = significant risk Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  10. 10. Enhanced Measures for Safe Evacuation • Accessible evacuation routes (or accessible means of egress) • Emergency Evacuation Lifts • Larger fire stairs with refuge areas, & with communication • Emergency information in tactile, audible & visual formats • Evacuation chairs and other devices Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  11. 11. Enhanced Wayfinding Concepts • Accessible exit signs:  Refuge Area  Evacuation lifts  Evacuation chairs • Increased contrast of exit route features • Photo-luminescent markers around features • Tactile evacuation diagrams • Accessible exits routes on evacuation diagrams Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  12. 12. Occupant Warning Considerations • Accessible ‘break glass’ alarms • Refuge communication systems • Visual warnings / alarms • Vibrating pads and pillows • Exit point sounders • Mass notification systems (mobile phones & pagers) • New technology (smart phone apps, computer notifications) Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  13. 13. Conclusions & Recommendations • We need more industry guidance • Changes in social and attitudinal factors • Changes to legislation and AS 3745 • Adopt an ‘accessible means of egress’ concept • Better and more intuitive wayfinding systems • Everyone needs to work together to develop plans Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ®
  14. 14. Get the FREE Guidebook www.accessibleexitsigns.com/evacuation-guide/ Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson “Evacuation planning is a critical component of life safety, including evacuation for persons with disabilities” United States Access Board ®
  15. 15. Questions? For further information please contact Lee Wilson: • Mobile: 0438 580 729 • Email: lee@leewilson.com.au • Web: www.leewilson.com.au Safer Evacuations for All: PEEPs and GEEPs, by Lee Wilson ® Thank you for your time

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