SOAS University of London

Health and Safety

Emergency Egress for Disabled People


All staff members and students are strongly encouraged to disclose any impairment or medical condition which affects their ability to either use the stairs of to exit the building in an emergency, in order that appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure their safe evacuation in the event of an emergency (or lift breakdown).

Staff members and their line managers should contact the Health & Safety Manager by e-mail on or by calling extension 4626, they will contact other members of the team as appropriate.

Students should contact the Student Disability Advisors by e-mail or by calling extension 5015.


If you are inviting a visitor that you know to be disabled then please advise them of this policy.

Visitors can contact SOAS Health and Safety Office in advance to arrange their emergency egress
(when the alarm rings) simply move to a refuge point and use the device provided there to contact help.

Any visitor wishing to make advance arrangements should contact the health and safety officer by e-mail on

SOAS' Policy For Emergency Egress For Disable People and both word and pdf versions of the Emergency Egress Disability Disclosure Consent Form can be downloaded on the right