Authors: Karen Martin
Collection: Learning Materials
This handbook has been designed to promote safety in the workplace for people with disabilities and to prevent injury or death; to educate employers and workers about the needs of people with disabilities in the workplace; and to provide employers and workers with practical solutions and strategies they can use in their emergency planning.
The authors have included examples of how disabilities will affect emergency planning, as well as sections on determining staff and volunteer needs and personnel resources; making the work site safer; emergency communications; evacuations and sheltering-in-place plans; workplace emergency drills; working with community; personal preparedness; and preparing an emergency plan in both printed and alternate formats.
There is also a section offering tips for interacting with people who have a variety of impairments, including visual disabilities; hearing impairments; cognitive and learning disabilities; and mobility problems.
The authors note that creating a culture of safety in the workplace is fundamental to overcoming workers’ fears and anxiety around emergency evacuation planning.