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  • Mobility
  • Auditory
  • Visual

Mobility

Elevators shut down during a building evacuation. Individuals with mobility limitations may not be able to exit the building on their own if they are above the first floor when the evacuation occurs.

An individual trapped inside the building may not be able to rely on being found by a sweep. Apple’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a volunteer organization and may or may not be available to sweep all areas of a building. When the Fire Department arrives on scene, depending on the situation they may not sweep the entire building either.

Thus, such individuals need to plan how to exit the building without using elevators.

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Plan A (at your usual work area)

  • Designate at least 3 people working in your immediate work area to carry you out with a Stair Chair.
  • All potential responders must be trained in proper use of the Stair Chair. Contact EHS to arrange for this training: safety@apple.com
  • Stair Chairs are located on the 2nd and 4th floors of all emergency exit stairwells. Emergency exit stairwells are those that exit directly to the outside of a building.
  • If the Stair Chair plan will not work for you (for instance, you have a physical condition that prevents you from being safely lifted onto a Stair Chair), contact EHS to discuss alternatives.

Plan B (not at your usual work area)

  • Make your way to the closest emergency exit stairwell. These stairwells are safer because they have a higher fire rating.
  • Know how to ask somebody (even a stranger) if there is an ERT in the area who can help you out. Script your request and practice it.
  • If not, know how to ask somebody to alert the ERT or Security of your situation and location as soon as they exit the building. Script your request and practice it.
  • Call your emergency number to alert them to your situation and location. 

Note that each staircase has a unique number; you will see this on a sign in the stairwell.

Auditory

Fire horns and strobes are the primary means of alerting employees to evacuate the building.  A person with hearing challenges may not hear the horns and, depending upon his/her location, may not be able to see the strobes either.   Additionally, it may be difficult to hear emergency instructions provided by the emergency responders.

Therefore, such individuals need to plan alternative means of being alerted to an evacuation and following emergency instructions.

Plan A (at your usual work station)

Designate at least 2 people working in your immediate work area to notify you of the evacuation, escort you out of the building, and stay with you at the evacuation assembly area to relay instructions from the emergency responders.

Plan B (not at your usual work station)

If you will be working in an area where you cannot easily see others, alert someone that you will be in that area and need special notification if the alarm sounds.  Try to position yourself so that you are able to see the fire strobes.

Visual

Elevators shut down during a building evacuation. Individuals with visual challenges may not be able to exit the building using their familiar exit route if they are above the first floor when the evacuation occurs.

Therefore, such individuals need to know how to evacuate the building using a route that does not involve an elevator.

Plan A (at your usual work area)

If your office is above the first floor, learn the egress path using the nearest emergency exit stairwell, as you will not be able to use the elevator in an evacuation. Designate 2 individuals in your immediate work area to escort you out of the building in case of an evacuation.

Plan B (not at your usual work area)

Know how to ask somebody (even a stranger) to help guide you out of the building. Script your request and practice it.If you are unable to find someone to help you out, call Security (+86-21-6183-6111) to alert them to your situation and location.  It is recommended that you program this number into your iPhone.

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