How to create an Evacuation Plan for Australian Standards
It’s absolutely crucial that you follow the Australian Standards when creating an evacuation plan for any dwelling.
Standards such as AS 3745-2010 have been created to help workplaces make better Evacuation Plans – by reducing risk and improving safety, should an emergency occur. The Standards are detailed, and are required in order to comply with Australian law. How you comply will depend on the unique circumstances of your business and the workplace environment of your building. Here’s a guide to help you better understand the Australian Standards in relation your emergency evacuation plan:
Evacuation Diagrams are one of the key areas of an Evacuation Plan. They can help reduce harm by reducing business interruption, damage to property, injury, and loss of life. It’s important they can be seen easily in an emergency. They show essential information for emergency situations, which is why they must also be situated through common areas and in general paths of travel.
The Australian Standard AS3745: Planning for Emergencies in Facilities states these diagrams must:
- show the location of fire equipment, designated exit points, emergency assembly points and evacuation routes
- be displayed in obvious positions along the evacuation route of the facility
- be oriented based on the layout of the building
- be reviewed every five years.
Emergency Response Plan
Another critical component of an emergency evacuation, which also requires compliance with Australian Standards, is the Emergency Response Plan. This plan will contain all the important information relating to your emergency evacuation and your emergency response procedures. It should list:
- the roles and responsibilities of staff
- emergency phone numbers
- potential risks for the workplace
- emergency procedures
- visitor management
- other vital information.
These should never be seen as one-size fits all solutions – after all, no two facilities are ever the same. Each building and business will always come with its own set of risks, a unique layout, and different kinds of people. If your workplace contains individuals with additional assistance required in case of an emergency, you may need to create a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP).
The final step in creating an emergency evacuation plan in line with Australian Standards is Emergency Training.
Not sure if your team is trained effectively? Here are some signs of adequate emergency training:
- All members of the EPC know what duties are assigned to them, in line with your emergency response plan
- Ongoing training is conducted regularly to ensure staff are familiar with their responsibilities. Reinforcement of training is essential to being able to perform responsibilities confidently if an emergency situation occurs
- Training can include learning how to correctly use first-attack fire equipment, through fire drills. You should also simulate situations where visitors or occupants are disabled or have mobility restrictions.
Don’t forget: compliance is your responsibility!
The responsibility of meeting your obligations to Australian Standards is totally on you if you are a building manager, property owner or operate a business that has visitors or occupants. Inability to comply can result in several penalties. Yet, at the heart of it all it’s important to remember that these Standards exist for a reason: and that’s to protect yourself, others and property. Keeping your workplace safe from preventable injuries, harm and even death is ultimately why they’ve been created.
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