Other Compliance Offices:

EVACUATION OF DISABLED PERSONS

 

VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS:

In the event of an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide them to the nearest emergency exit.   Have the person take your elbow to escort them.   This is the preferred method when acting as a "sighted guide".

 

HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS:

Two methods of warning are:

  1. Writing a note, telling what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route.   For example-   "FIRE - go out rear door-NOW"!   
  2. Turn light switch on and off to gain attention, then use gestures what is happening and what to do.

 

PERSONS USING CRUTCHES, CANES OR WALKERS:

Carrying options include using a two-person lock arm position or having the person sit on a sturdy chair with arms.   If time permits, call Campus Security at 660-3333 (Schusterman) or 911 (other locations) for assistance.

 

NON-AMBULATORY PERSONS   (in wheelchairs):

There are many considerations when moving a person in a wheelchair.   Wheelchairs have movable parts; some are not designed to withstand the stress of lifting.   You may have to remove the chair batteries.   Life support equipment may be attached.   Lifting a person with minimal ability to move may be dangerous.   Preplanning is the best way to know what to do in an emergency for someone with limited mobility.   Consult with the person in the wheelchair regarding:

  1. The number of people necessary for assistance.
  2. Ways of being removed from the wheelchair.
  3. Whether a seat cushion/pad should be brought along with him/her if they are removed from the chair.
  4. Whether to extend or bend extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter, leg bags, plasticity, braces, etc.
  5. Being carried forward or backward on a flight of stairs.
  6. The type of assistance necessary after evacuation.

 

PRACTICE PROPER LIFTING TECHNIQUES:

  1. Obtain help if the load is too heavy.
  2. Place one foot a little ahead of the other.
  3. Point your toes slightly outward.
  4. Place your feet about shoulder width apart.
  5. Squat/Bend at the knees.
  6. Lift yourself and load with your legs.
  7. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR BACK STRAIGHT.
The Environmental Health and Safety Office
Oklahoma City
Ph: 405-271-3000
Fx: 405-271-1606
800 NE 15th, Rm. 301
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Tulsa
Ph: 918-660-3878

Fx: 918-660-3069

4502 E. 41st Street

Tulsa, OK

74135-2512

Norman
Ph: 405-325-5146
Ph: 405-325-5147

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