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What is Personal Emergency Evacuation Planning?

Both the Equality Act 2010 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 complement each other by ensuring that buildings are not only accessible to disabled and vulnerable people, but also that they can escape safely in the event of a fire or other emergencies.

A plan is required in advance for those who may need assistance or special arrangements during an emergency evacuation of the building they are occupying.  These plans are called Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

IMPORTANT - the plan must not rely on the Fire and Rescue Service's intervention to make the plan work. 

The relevant Head of Department is responsible for ensuring that PEEPs are developed, agreed and implemented for any student who is recruited to a course hosted by the Department and for any staff appointed to the Department. Responsibility to fulfil the requirement may be delegated but the Head of Department retains accountability for ensuring PEEP’s are developed.

There are a number of documents and links on this site that will assist the delegated person to complete a PEEP.

PEEP Evacuation Matrix

If you require a PEEP to be in any other format eg. Braille, you can contact the RNIB Transcription Centre Leeds for a quote by emailing


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