Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)

The University aims to assist any person who may have difficulty in evacuating any of its buildings in the event of an emergency such as a fire. These difficulties could arise from permanent, long term or temporary reasons. Although not exhaustive, the following is a guide as to what may be relevant:

  • Mobility impairment ranging from strains and sprains through use of walking aid and wheelchair; most relevant are problems using stairs, travelling distances or opening doors
  • Visual or hearing problems, in particular not becoming aware that a fire alarm has actuated or being able to follow directions (signs or verbal)
  • Dexterity issues which may cause difficulty opening doors
  • Cognitive problems or learning difficulties; those relevant would be such as panic attacks or difficulty in following or comprehending instructions

Staff and students or relevant managers / tutors must make the Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing team aware if a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is required. Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing team will complete an evacuation plan with the person requiring a PEEP. 

 

Creating an evacuation plan

For individuals that may have difficulty evacuating during an emergency evacuation of university buildings, completion of one of the PEEP forms below will required. Personal details provided will be administered on a confidential basis, protecting anonymity if required. PEEP documents will be reviewed by Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing (WHSW). 

Each PEEP form contains generic arrangements that apply to most individual’s needs. Where necessary further adjustments will be tailored to the individual and could include physical assistance, technical aids, more suitable accommodation and training. PEEP arrangements will attempt to take into account all areas on campus that are regularly frequented, whether for work or social activity.

Students living in the Meadows, Copse or Quays, can inform the accommodation provider ULiving / Derwent FM if a PEEP is required for accommodation areas.

PEEP forms

To create a PEEP complete one of the following forms (Essex users only) and send it to fire@essex.ac.uk:

PEEP forms will be kept by Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing for as long as it is required. Relevant details may be passed to others, but only if considered necessary. If circumstances change or a PEEP is no longer needed , PEEP details can be updated by WHSW or removed from records.

To discuss PEEP's in more details contact the Fire Safety Manager (see contact details below).

Staff members can also contact Equality, Diversity and Inclusion on 3507 or by emailing diversity@essex.ac.uk. Students may contact Student Services Hub.

Students living in the Meadows, Copse or Quays, can inform the accommodation provider ULiving / Derwent FM if a PEEP is required for accommodation areas.

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