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Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedures in the Workplace

Jul 1, 2019

Safety planning is a must, whether your workplace is big or small.

An emergency plan is a set of written instructions that tells workers and visitors exactly what to do when faced with an emergency. Safe Work Australia outlines that any PCBU (Person Conducting Business or Undertaking) must prepare an emergency plan for the workplace. Your plan should include the following key procedures:

Evacuation Procedures in the Workplace

Moving staff and visitors to safety is crucial in an emergency. Strong and well-planned evacuation procedures make this happen. Here are some tips for maximising your evacuation plan:

  • Have clearly mapped out routes to a safety assembly area and always keep these areas clear and unobstructed
  • Create an effective process to ensure all individuals are accounted for, so you can be confident nobody is missing
  • Provide special assistance to individuals with hearing, vision or mobility impairments
  • Ensure your evacuation procedure is clearly displayed using evacuation diagrams

Medical treatment and assistance procedures

First aid training is crucial if people are injured, and can mean the difference between life, death and serious harm. Here are some tips for maximising safety with first aid:

  • Conduct a first aid assessment of the premises
  • Ensure you have trained first aiders on your staff and suitable first aid facilities on the premises
  • Make sure all staff members are aware who the first aid facilitators are, and where to find first aid facilities

Testing the emergency evacuation procedures

Putting your procedures to the test from time to time is highly effective. Emergency drills ensure people feel more comfortable in the event of a real emergency, helping to keep panic to minimum during the real event. They also improve the plan all together, helping you pick up on missing elements or ways to improve that you may not have otherwise noticed.

Training workers in implementation of key fire and emergency procedures

Even the best emergency procedure is of no use if your team doesn’t have the right training. Evacuation also becomes far more effective if everyone is clued in on the systems and processes. Ask yourself: Is your team trained to use the equipment? Do they know where evacuation diagrams are located on the premises? Additionally, it’s a good idea to train members of your team to carry out certain emergency roles in the event of an emergency, such as first aid. This will ensure everyone has a clear action plan.

Not sure if you can rely on your emergency evacuation plan?

Need some help planning your emergency response? Fire Block Plans is here to help you and your team. Our highly-qualified experts will help find a suitable emergency evacuation plan, no matter how unique your requirements may be. Contact us today for more information.