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Emergency Stair Travel Devices for Individuals with Disabilities

RESNA Standards Committee on Emergency Stair Travel Devices for Individuals with Disabilities (ESTD)

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The RESNA Standards Committee on Emergency Stair Travel Devices (ESTD) has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to publish a new version of their standard known as ED-1: American National Standard for Evacuation Devices–Volume 1: Emergency Stair Travel Devices Used by Individuals with Disabilities.  ESTD is planning their next virtual meeting, and it will be announced soon. Meetings are open to anyone; voting on documents requires membership. Participants from diverse interest categories are encouraged to participate. Currently, the ESTD Committee has underrepresented interest categories; in particular, there is a lack of consumers, building owners and managers, insurance, and testing organizations and facilities. For more information about committee participation, please contact the ESTD officers.



Glenn Hedman
Glenn Hedman
University of Illinois Chicago - Assistive Technology Unit

These standards affect individuals with mobility impairments, caregivers and organizations representing the technical needs of persons with mobility impairments, life safety operators, building owners and managers, life safety technology designators, code development and enforcement professionals, and manufacturers, researchers, designers, and test laboratories of emergency stair travel devices.

Work Program

RESNA ED-1 Evacuation Devices Volume 1: Emergency Stair Travel Devices for Individuals with Disabilities

The standard covers devices used for travel along stairs during emergency evacuations. This standard does not cover stair-climbing devices, incline platform lifts, or stairway chairlifts. It specifies vocabulary, methods of measurement, test methods and requirements for: dimensions and weight; seating and positioning; performance measures; strength and durability testing; operating limitations; disclosure requirements and inspection requirements.

The standard includes the following sections:

Section 1: Terminology, Description, and Performance

Section 2: Inspection, Installation, and Maintenance