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How would you feel if you were left behind in an emergency?

hotel-fire-emergency-evacuationTo be an inclusive community, opportunities must be provided for everyone to be able to participate in all facets of life, including work opportunities, for people with disability. However, whilst the Building Code of Australia (BCA) mandates accessibility for people with disability, it is silent on how to evacuate people with disability in an emergency such as fire. What if you use a wheelchair and work in a multi-story building and there is a fire and lifts cannot be used? Not having a building code with prescriptive requirements to evacuate people with disability in 2022, I believe, is negligent byRead More
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Evacuation Policy & OH&S Legislation

Workplace-Safety-for-People-Disabled The Disabled & Evacuation Devices The new WHS legislation requires that the PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) demonstrates due diligence. That being said, they must firstly have assessed the risks and identify any foreseeable hazards, then utilising the Hierarchy of control they must implement control measures. This specifically states the obligation to plan for all emergencies and provide training and practice that is appropriate to the nature of the risks associated with the work In short we are obliged to take into a count the risk to everyone including people with disability within a work place and to ensureRead More