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National Oceanographic Library: Health and Safety for People with Disabilities at NOL

Guide to the National Oceanographic Library

Wheel Chair Users

  • If you have already agreed a Personal Emergency Egress Plan (PEEP) for areas of the building you normally visit/occupy then you should continue to use it.
  • If you are not familiar with the building and/or do not have a pre arranged plan the procedures given here should be followed.

Health and Safety for people with disabilities - NOL

NOL Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEPs)

A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) creates a strategy for the safe evacuation of a person, student or staff, with a disability that may inhibit their ability to escape from a building. The person should have a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to cover evacuation from all buildings that they might be expected to use. This applies to all forms of disability whether permanent or temporary. If you do not have a PEEP and you are a regular user of the National Oceanographic Library you are advised to contact the Library who will liaise with your Academic Unit and the NOC Health and Safety Advisor to arrange a PEEP to be developed with your agreement, and to discuss any other needs you may have.

In many cases, people with mobility or other impairment are able to self-evacuate from a building without any additional assistance and should therefore follow the general emergency evacuation procedures.

General Advice for Mobility Impaired Persons

The following advice is based on assessments made of accessibility and egress in times of emergency.  If you have a PEEP use it.  If not, follow advice below, which is specific to wheelchair users and other disabled persons and is at variance to the instructions given to other members of staff and students.  The advice is given as; 

Your Emergency Escape Plan

This plan is for anyone who cannot manage stairs, and will require assisted escape. Anyone with vision/hearing impairment should always be accompanied by an assistant (buddy system).

Note: if you use a wheelchair, you must be able to self transfer from your chair to the evacuation chair. NOCS Security staff are not trained to lift people. If that is not the case then please contact Reception for further advice.

  1. There is one signal indicating a fire within the building or site. The evacuation signal is a continuous audible tone.
  2. When the fire alarm sounds, please make your way to a refuge point. These are easily recognisable by specific signs (blue background with white wheelchair sign) and are located within the stairwell at each level of the building. Your refuge point will offer a minimum of 30 minutes protection against the spread of fire and smoke. There are refuge points at the fire exit stairwells on levels 5 and 2 of the Library. On level 4 of the library you should leave the room via either the main entrance or the fire exit door and there are refuge points in the node stairwells at either end of the corridor. Do not use the lift.
  3. Please ring NOCS Security (023 8059 999) giving location (displayed in the area) of your refuge point. The refuge points are not equipped with means of communication, it is therefore essential that you carry a mobile phone with you.
  4. The evacuation chairs are single user operation type, and are located in each node stairwell on level 6.
  5. A member of our trained Security team will meet you in the refuge point with the evacuation chair.
  6. You will need to sit on the evacuation chair. NOCS Security staff will then get you out of the building.

The above information is given to wheelchair users in order that they are aware of the procedures to be followed.