The workplace can be unpredictable and an emergency situation can arise at any moment. If you have an employee who has identified themselves as having a disability, make sure you’re taking the steps to keep that employee safe in the case of an emergency. It’s the law.
As of January 1, 2012, all employers, large and small, had to be in compliance with Section 27 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation(IASR):
Workplace Emergency Response Information
Note: There are no exemptions to Section 27
Employers must provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have identified to their employer that they have a disability that requires accommodation.
With the person’s consent, the information must be shared with any person who will assist that person during an emergency.
Employers must review individualized emergency response information:
When the employee moves to a new location
When the employee’s overall accommodation needs or plans are reviewed
When the employer reviews its general emergency response policies
Interested in learning more about Workplace Emergency Response Information and keeping your employees safe? Accessibility Works will be hosting a free 1 hour webinar on September 18th at 9 a.m. EST “Emergency Plans for Employees with Accessibility Needs” – register today!