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Are You Aware Of GEEP and PEEP?

6th November 2023

Many organisations believe that having building plans is all you need for a solid evacuation plan. But guess what? It's not that simple! To keep everyone safe, evacuation plans should be customised to the unique needs of the workplace and the people in it.

And that's where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005 comes into play. It makes sure that employers and organisations are responsible for ensuring everyone can safely exit the building in case of an emergency. So, what's the deal with GEEPs and PEEPs? Stick around to learn what they're all about and how they can play a crucial role in enhancing workplace safety during emergencies.

What is a GEEP?

Let's break it down: GEEP stands for General Emergency Evacuation Plan. These plans are a must-have in buildings used by the general public or workplaces with temporary staff. They are specifically designed to assist people with reduced mobility in swiftly and safely exiting a building during emergencies. When it comes to GEEPs, visibility is key! They should be prominently displayed in all public buildings for everyone to access. Inside, you'll find crucial information, including:

● Evacuation Procedures
● Building Layout
● Essential Evacuation Equipment

It's not just about having the plan; it's about everyone knowing it like the back of their hand. Regular drills and training sessions with staff are essential to ensure everyone is on the same page. Plus, having a GEEP isn't just a good idea; it's the law! Complying with UK regulations, including the Equality Act 2010, is a must.

What is a PEEP?

Have you ever heard of a PEEP? Well, it's short for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan and is a tailored escape strategy for individuals who need assistance during emergencies. They are co-created with the individuals themselves, ensuring they perfectly suit their needs. In a PEEP, you'll find clearly marked escape routes and the people who will provide assistance during an evacuation. PEEPs can be a long-term solution or a temporary measure, depending on the individual's circumstances.

Permanent PEEPs are a must for people with:

● Impaired mobility
● Imparied sight or hearing
● Cognitive impairments

Just like GEEPs, it's crucial to keep everyone in the loop. Staff involved in a PEEP should receive regular training to ensure everyone's on the same page. Copies of the PEEP should be provided to the individual and anyone involved in their evacuation plan.


How often should GEEPs and PEEPs be reviewed?

Just like your car needs an annual checkup to keep running smoothly, GEEPs and PEEPs need regular reviews too. It's strongly advised that they be checked every year. Life is dynamic, and so are workplaces. If there are any changes to the layout, equipment, or needs of the people involved, then there should be an immediate review. After all, staying prepared and ensuring everyone's safety should always be a top priority.

What are the consequences if you don't have a GEEP or PEEP?

If a workplace or building fails to have a GEEP or PEEP in place, it could result in fines, legal action, or the endangerment of people using the building, especially those who may be disabled. Ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone in a workplace isn't just a good practice; it's a legal responsibility.

How many chairs are required for a GEEP and PEEP?

When it comes to GEEPs, there's a handy rule of thumb to keep in mind. For every upper floor, it's a smart move to have at least one chair per staircase. And that's not all! Any additional chairs required for individuals with existing PEEPs also need to be factored in.

At Solent Mobility Centre, we can help with the demonstration, supply, and training of a sturdy, simple-to-use, evacuation chair. For more information or to arrange a demonstration, call us today at 02392 009999.