EEOC Offers Evacuation Guidelines

October 31, 2001( - The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided information to assist employers who are developing or reevaluating their emergency evactuation procedures.

The information, in the form of questions and answers available on the EEOC Web site, aims to address the concerns of employers who are worried about being able to evacuate workers who might require assistance due to a medical condition or a disability.

The posting explains how employers may identify individuals who may require assistance and how much medical information they may obtain in terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act.

It also explains with whom employers may share information about an employee’s medical condition and need for assistance, and cautions employers that they should not assume that all individuals with obvious disabilities will require assistance.

– Camilla Klein            

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