Evacuation Chair Training

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Sight impaired, hearing (balance) impaired, broken limbs or late pregnancy; all of these may reduce the speed that you can evacuate a building safely.

If your workplace has chosen evacuation chairs to help people evacuate in an emergency, the training that chair operators receive needs to meet specific standards.

Official UK Government guidance states that the “training provided should include disability awareness, disability evacuation etiquette, and moving, lifting and handling techniques”.

Our course includes these; many courses don’t.

This half-day Evacuation Chair Operator & Assistant course is specifically designed to equip you with the knowledge and ability to visually check & safely use typical workplace evacuation chairs.

Read our blog post about evacuation chairs for lots more background information.


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Evacuation Chair Operator and Assistant Course

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the ‘responsible person’ (e.g. the building owner or employer) has to ensure that everyone (whether an employee or visitor) can be evacuated safely from the building during an emergency. Evacuation chairs are one way the ‘responsible person’ can comply with this legal requirement, making evacuation chair training a legal requirement.


The Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) classify evacuation chairs as a Class 1 Medical Device, alongside wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc. As such they fall under the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). This means there is a legal obligation on equipment providers to ensure adequate staff training, as well as servicing of the equipment, to ensure that the equipment can be operated safely during emergency situations.


Evacuation Chair Train the Trainer course


Course syllabus includes:

  • History behind evacuation chairs.
  • What is an evacuation chair?
  • Who would use one and when?
  • Legislation relating to evacuation chairs.
  • Disability awareness & etiquette
  • Planning an evacuation
  • Evacuation strategies
  • Risks to evacuation sledge operators
  • The spine
  • Employers considerations
  • Moving, lifting & handling techniques.
  • Postural issues to avoid injuries to the chair operator.
  • Evacuation Chair use (practical)
  • Assisting people into the evacuation evacuation chair and back.
  • Written test

Course Type:

  • Practical, face to face training.
  • Maximum of 8 candidates per course to ensure your safety in the stairwell.


  • In most cases evacuation of people using typical evacuation chair is a two-person task, so having an assistant is a significant physical and psychological advantage for all involved, not least the evacuee!
  • For those who attend the course and whom, in our (or their) opinion, are not competent to be regarded as an evacuation chair operator, we offer the option for them to be certified as an evacuation chair assistant.
  • Certificates will be issued at the discretion of the trainer depending on the level of competence and ability demonstrated during the course. (e.g. those who physically cannot control the decent of a loaded evacuation chair safely may be certified as an assistant rather than an operator).
  • Following successful completion of the course and assessments, you will receive the following course certificate issued by Chris Garland Training:
    • Evacuation Chair Operator Certificate, or Evacuation Chair Assistant Certificate.

Course duration:

  • Typically between 4 – 4.5 hours.


  • Please note the exact times for your course booking.


  • Multiple-Choice Question paper:
    • You need to score 70% to achieve a pass.
  • Practical assessment:
    • You need to score 100% to achieve a pass.

Evacuation chair assistance helping with and evacuation down some metal stairs.



  • No prior experience or evacuation chair training is required for this course.
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness & strength is required to use the chairs safely (despite what some manufacturers claim!).
  • Those with back or shoulder problems, mobility issues or of a nervous disposition will find this course challenging & we don’t recommend they undertake the course.
  • Please ensure that you wear flat shoes (not high-heels, etc) on the day of the course. See our Joining Instructions for more information.
  • Evacuation chair operators of a petite stature (under approx 5’5″/165cm) tend to ensure a swift delivery of the evacuee to the bottom of the stairs & as such may prefer to be certified as an evacuation chair assistant rather than operator.

Evacuation Chairs:

  • We highly recommend that during courses run at your venue, we use your evacuation equipment where possible. This provides staff with hands-on knowledge of (and confidence in) the available equipment.
  • If you don’t have a chair available for use, we can bring a popular model of evacuation chair for use during the course. If you wish to use our evacuation chair, please ensure that you advise us when arranging your course booking.


  • All scheduled/open courses have a minimum and maximum number of candidates that we can take on a course.
    • Minimum: We need a minimum of 3 candidates booked on an open/scheduled course for the course to run. Click here for more details.
    • Maximum: To ensure your safety at the top of the stairs, we can only take a maximum of 8 candidates per course.
  • Should you have more than 8 candidates for the course, please contact us to discuss holding a private course.

Geographical coverage:

  • This evacuation chair training is available to candidates across the UK. We can deliver it outside the UK but the protocols that we teach to meet current UK guidelines.


  • Scheduled/Open Courses:
    • These run at our training centre in Knutsford, Cheshire.
  • Private Courses:
    • Why not arrange to have a private courses run at your workplace? Simply fill in our quote request form and we will get back to you with a personalised quotation.
    • We can run this course for you at your premises anywhere in the country with a maximum of 8 people per course. Naturally you’ll also need to have a suitable staircase at your premises that we can use during the course.
    • While we will bring our own training chairs, we do request that you make one of your evacuation chair available on your course. This is to ensure that your colleagues are familiar with how they operate.

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      Thank you for your kind review, Nikki. I look forward to working with you & your colleagues again in the near future.
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Why choose us?

Here are a few reasons why you should choose Chris Garland Training as your training partner.


• Established 2012
• Trusted and recommended by training providers, nationwide.
• Consistently receiving 5 star reviews from our clients.
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• Our charity of the year 2022 is the North West air Ambulance Charity. Part of your course fee will be donated and you can add to this when purchasing your course place.
• Additionally, for every course place booked, we pay for a tree to be planted in some of the worlds most deforested areas and an area of kelp to be planted and managed.
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• You can read more about this and our other environmental strategies on our Environmental Responsibility page.

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— Other training providers,
— And many, many more!

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Some national governing bodies require that course certificates be issued by an Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation*. We offer self-certified & Ofqual Accredited courses; the main difference in certification being third party cost. Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation certification is currently priced at an additional £12.50pp.

*Some of our courses are bespoke to Chris Garland Training. As such they cannot be certified by an Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation. Where this is the case, you will be informed of this in your quotation.

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