We have had an evacuation chair for a number of years (and it has been used a couple of times for people that had become ill). They are simple to use and compact to store when folded up. They are designed so if the chair operator lets go of the operation handle, the chair will stop immediately and not continue down the stairs until the hand le is activated again. Make sure you train a number of occupants on the floor on usage of the chair to save time during the emergency.
“It’s better to be carefu l 100 times, than to be killed once.” Mark Twain
D onna Majewski
EHS Regional Manag er
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Kennedy, Sheila
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:13 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] evacuatio n chair
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We need to accommodate a wheelchair-bound student in a 3rd-floor lab this F all, so we’re looking at the purchase of an evacuation chair. From what I& #8217;ve seen so far, the idea is to transfer the mobility-restricted worker/student to the evacuation chair; another worker/student/staff member then ‘walksR 17; the chair down the stairs. Features & prices vary.
Does anyone have experience to share about these devices?
Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories
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