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Accessible Emergency and Safety Information
Have you planned for the safety of all your customers and employees including persons with disabilities? Do all your customers and employees, including persons with disabilities have access to information on your safety procedures?
As of January 1, 2012, under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation you must provide your customers and employees with disabilities with safety and emergency procedures and the information that you provide to the public, in an accessible format, upon request. The following resources can help you meet these requirements. These resources can also be helpful in planning your strategies for ensuring the safety of all customers, tenants, visitors and guests. Some of the following resources can be distributed to employees, tenants, and other customers to help ensure their safety during an emergency.
Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities: The National Fire Protection Association’s Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities is an American based publication. It provides information on the five general categories of disabilities (mobility impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, speech impairments, and cognitive impairments). The Guide outlines the four elements of evacuation information that occupants need: notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance. Also included is a Personal Emergency Evacuation Planning Checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan.
Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs- This guide was prepared by Emergency Management Ontario in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. It provides special emergency preparedness considerations and advice for persons with visible and/or non-visible disabilities and seniors with special needs.
Emergency Procedures for Employees with disabilities in Office Occupancies: This American guide was developing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology with assistance from the National Task Force on Life Safety and People with Disabilities. It gives employers some of the tools and information they need to provide the same protection against fires to their employees with disabilities that is awarded to others.
Orientation Manual for First Responders on the Evacuation of People with Disabilities: This American produced manual by FEMA was developed by the United States Fire Administration. This orientation manual provides practical information for first responders who will encounter people with visible and non-visible disabilities through their work.
Planning for safety - Evacuating people who need assistance in an emergency- A guide for building managers and occupants - This Guide produced by the Office of Disability Issues, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is intended to provide building occupants and emergency managers with information regarding the needs of at-risk individuals in emergencies and to provide practical strategies to ensure their safety.
Providing emergency response information for employees with disabilities: Under the AODA Employment Standards, organizations must develop and provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary and the employer is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability. The guide entitled "Providing emergency response information for employees with disabilities" provides useful advice on preparing your individualized emergency response plan, and includes a sample employee memo, information worksheet and an individualized response information template.
Providing emergency and public safety information for people with disabilities: Under the AODA, Information and Communication Standards, organizations in Ontario that prepare emergency procedures, plans or public safety information, and make this information available to the public, must provide such information in an accessible format, upon request.The guide sets out information on how to provide certain types of emergency/public safety information in an accessible format as well as tips on how to support employees with disabilities who may need help during an emergency.
Tip Sheet: Helping employees with disabilities stay safe- This tip sheet was produced by the Government of Ontario. It provides employers with tips on expectations and how to implement the safety and emergency procedures provisions of the Information and Communication Standard under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.
Tip Sheet: Making emergency information accessible to the public- This tip sheet was produced by the Government of Ontario. It provides organizations with tips and expectations and how to implement the safety and emergency procedures provisions of the Information and Communication Standard under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation for the public.