|Current S.A. Legislation|
from the Department of Labour
Assistance Guidelines on the Employment of People with Disabilities.”
6. paragraph 3.8 - Health and Safety.
to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the employer is obligated to
provide and maintain a working environment that is safe to all
of any ongoing health and safety audit, the needs of employees with
disabilities must be included.
procedures should take into account any specific or additional measures to
ensure that an employee with a disability is safely evacuated from a
building or work site during emergencies.”
Act places the responsibility on the employer to ensure that
evacuation plans, routes, training and equipment are provided. As pointed
out in the above Department of Labour’s additional measures are to be in
place for evacuation of people with disabilities.
advice has interpreted that the employer (who may be the tenant) is
primarily responsible, but that the onus is often transferred to the
landlord in terms of a lease agreement, and costs are included in rentals.
The responsibility of an evacuation procedure of the disabled in multi
storey buildings such as office blocks, hotels, apartment blocks, shopping
centres etc. rests with the building owners/managers/body corporate or any
other type of body which has the responsibility for the safety,
maintenance of such buildings.