Health and safety for people with disabilities: Hartley Library

All users with disabilities should have a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan).

In the event of a fire alarm sounding you should take the action agreed in your PEEP.

If you can self-evacuate from your wheelchair, or can move slowly unassisted then you should make your way to the nearest emergency staircase or other protected area, but do not attempt to descend until the main body of persons has passed as others trying to pass may cause a hazard for you. When the area is clear you should descend and proceed to a final exit point and then to the assembly area as quickly as you can manage in safety. There are thirteen exits at ground level (levels 1 & 2) and you should familiarise yourself with these. Maps are available throughout the library.

The above section also applies to those who might have a temporary mobility impairment i.e. as a result of an accident or sporting injury.

Fire refuges are situated at the top of the Wolfson staircase and on all levels of the three fire exit staircases. There are inter-connecting phones at all these points. Egress is also possible from Level 5 down the main staircase, but there are no emergency  phones available and this is not designated as a fire refuge.

  • Refuges are fire and smoke protected and you should normally be safe to remain in a refuge area for up to half an hour.
  • There is a telephone situated in all refuges on all floors and you should use it as directed by local signs to ensure your location is known to the emergency services.

If you are directly threatened by the fire (smoke/fumes) or other emergency whilst on the way or inside a refuge, your first choice should be to try to get to a different refuge space, if it is safe to do so.

If you can self-evacuate from your wheelchair then you are free to use all floors during library opening hours.

If you cannot evacuate from your wheelchair you must agree a PEEP.

Wheelchair users who cannot leave their chairs will be directed to the lift foyer of the designated evacuation lift. There is a lift foyer on every floor with interconnecting phones. Your PEEP will give you full instructions on what to do in an emergency. Trained staff will be on hand shortly to operate the lift and ensure your safe evacuation.

If you are directly threatened by the fire (smoke/fumes) or other emergency whilst on the way to or inside a lift refuge, your first choice should be to try to get to a different refuge space, if it is safe to do so. You should not try to get downstairs alone, or request other persons to carry you down the staircase, as they may injure you or themselves in the process. Remember there are phones on every floor of each staircase refuge for you to use in an emergency.

Do not use levels 3, 4 and 5 after 19:00 or at weekends after 17:00  as, due to limited staffing at these times, we cannot offer full access to floors above ground because of health and safety concerns relating to egress.  Please check the weekly rota held at Reception.

The above information is given to wheel chair users in order that they are aware of the procedures to be followed. If you are a regular user of the library you are advised to contact the Library who will liaise with your School to arrange a PEEP to be developed with your agreement, and to discuss any other needs you may have.