Thank you to John Marshall with Eugene Water & Utility Board (EWEB) for hosting our May 2016 local facilities managers meeting (LFMC).
Stay tuned via LFMC Meetings for further details regarding our next local gathering - Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Eugene (FBC).
Primary Discussion Topic:
Handicap Fixtures & Accommodations
1) What have you learned about compliance and accommodations for those
that require assistance to access your facilities?
2) Are there specific/unique requirements for the industry you serve?
3) What has been your experience with regards to access from parking to
entry to fixtures within the building? Resources for customers and employees.
4) Experiences with alterations, updates and modifications?
Organization that has several people in wheel chairs. Concern that during fire alarms there is not access to the exterior with wheel chairs - requesting an ADA ramp.
What do you do with handicapped people when there is a fire and the elevators don't work? Stair sleds.
Fire department advised one FM to get people to the landings on the fire escape and they will take care of the person/people. Follow up question whether someone should wait with the person?
Organization that does not have more than the required number of fire extinguishers because they don't want staff to be fire fighters.
One organization has signs in stair wells that say "Wait Here" and intercom buttons to call for assistance.
One organization talked about ADA doors and sometimes talking to the users you find that the needs are not as big (such as having easy opening doors vs. push button electronic doors).
One FM suggested looking for all types of disabilities, can anyone access any area? Not all people in wheel chairs have strong upper bodies, so doors with minimal twist strength is helpful.
One FM noted that The Human Solution provides quick delivery of affordable sit-to-stand stations. Paying $700 for a 30 x 60 desktop and legs (power up or down). Expanded that most people who get the sit-to-stands use them the majority of time and their requests for additional accommodations go away.
One FM suggested that for reducing light glare they have found diffusers that will satisfy needs without cutting light so low as to create safety issues or cut visibility for cleaning staff.
Question whether accommodating assistance for getting in or out of vehicles was required by law? Unsure if it is a requirement. One FM limited experience is that people have their own specially equipped vans for this purpose, but some have had coworkers provide assistance.
NEXT LFMC MEETING: Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Eugene (FBC).
Stay tuned for further details.
Local Facilities Management Connection (LFMC) is a gathering of facilities managers from a broad range of industries. We meet the third Thursday of every month to network with facilities professionals, discuss the topic of the month and share our ideas.
Current LFMC Participation Includes: Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), General Services Administration (GSA), Lane Transit District (LTD), Linn County, Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU), Northwest Christian University (NCU), Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU), Pacific Source, Peace Health, SELCO Community Credit Union, Pacific Continental Bank
See additional resources for facilities managers - our featured resource this month is the University of Oregon Enterprise Risk Service Emergency Preparedness Kit
01/18/18 at Oregon Research Institute
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