Chubb provides help to new Disability Legislation

November 2004
Management Services;Nov2004, Vol. 48 Issue 11, p4
Academic Journal
This article reports on the leaflet which provides details of the changes in the 1995 Disabilities Discrimination Act, as well practical solutions to help businesses meet their new obligations, launched by Chubb Fire in 2004. Under the Disabilities Discrimination Act, service providers are required to make reasonable adjustments to physical features such as stairways, entrances and exits and toilet facilities as well as Fire Safety provision. The Chubb Fire leaflet outline a range of practical solutions from flashing fire alarms for the hard hearing, to audio loops and vibrating pagers that directly link into fire alarm systems. Hotels and care homes also need to look at the practicalities of walking someone who is hard of hearing of hearing by using vibrating pillows for example. Businesses also need to consider the impact of people with mental and physical disabilities on evacuation times. Despite what some may believe, it is the responsibility of building managers, owners and landlords to ensure that an effective evacuation plan is in place that takes into account the needs of disabled people. Chubb Fire strongly recommend that companies look at including provision for disabled people in all fire drills.


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