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August 27, 2009

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Emergency response for disabled persons

PEL Services Ltd has launched its Refuge Call System to help building occupiers comply with British standards and the Disability Discrimination Act.

Under BS5588 part 8, all buildings over a single storey must provide a ‘refuge’ for disabled persons in an emergency situation, says PEL. Furthermore, under the DDA, service-providers that allow public access to their premises may have to make reasonable adjustments to their premises to overcome physical barriers to disabled people. However, undertaking major building work to make emergency escape routes accessible to everybody may be unnecessary because the Refuge Call System has been designed to enable the safe evacuation of those in need of special assistance.

A specialised intercom, the PEL Refuge Call System consists of a modular control panel, which is installed at a control point in the building, connected by an independent telephone link to remote slave units located at each refuge point. The slave units are available in handset-style or ‘hands-free’ operation, and can be surface or flush-mounted.

In its simplest configuration, lifting a handset or activating the ‘handsfree’ unit will cause the relevant button on the control panel to light up and the master telephone to ring. When the master telephone is answered, normal two-way conversation takes place, enabling the disabled person to alert the central  station to their predicament and allow for appropriate action to be taken.

For more details, visit the Disabled Refuge section in ‘Sound and Communications’ at



What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.

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