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Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

The purpose of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (also known as a  PEEP) is to provide people who cannot get themselves out of a building unaided with any necessary information and assistance needed to be able to manage their escape to a place of safety.

It is your duty as an employer to ensure you have taken into account the needs of all people who may be in the building.  You may identify a plan is needed for someone with:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Sight impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • A medical condition or injury which might cause them to need assistance to evacuate safely

If you would like further information or assistance with  emergency planning,  please call us on 0370 118 8000

Who Requires a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan?


A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is necessary for any staff members who need assistance if leaving the building in an emergency.

Each person’s disability and needs are different and therefore each person requiring a plan needs one specific to their own requirements.

Disabled persons who regularly use different buildings may need to have a separate Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan for each building.

If a disabled person can leave the building unaided, a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is not required.

Not all people with an impairment will require a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan. Furthermore,  people with an invisible impairment may need assistance in an emergency even though they do not usually have an access/exit problem.



The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, place duties on the employer to implement effective arrangements for access and emergency evacuation for employees and visitors. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan must include the individual’s work activities and movements during the working day. It is possible that building adaptations may be needed to facilitate escape and reduce the need for assistance. With advice and guidance from one of our H&S specialists it should be possible to develop a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan which will:

  •  Identify staff responsibilities.
  •  Identify staff training requirements.
  •  Identify specialist equipment such an evac-chair that is needed.
  •  Identify specific evacuation routes where appropriate.
  •  Identify refuge areas and specific evacuation procedures.

What should a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan include?


Your Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan will ensure you have considered the following:

  •  Assistance by others
  •  Equipment
  •  Training
  •  Safe refuge
  •  Safe routes
  •  Multiple-occupancy buildings
  •  Lifts

Call 0370 118 8000 for more advice on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

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