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What does good evacuation management look like?

Feb 2, 2022

Good evacuation management comes from excellent planning.

Crucial to any successful emergency management is an ironclad Emergency Evacuation Plan. Your evacuation plan should contain three core areas: Evacuation Diagrams, Emergency Response Plans, and Emergency Training. All three of these are critical to effective emergency management, and come with a number of regulations as laid out in the Australian Standards. We’ve put together this informative guide to help you better understand each of these aspects so you can ensure the best possible evacuation management:


Evacuation Diagrams

Evacuation Diagrams are at the core of good evacuation management. They’ve been proven to reduce damage, injury, and loss of life, and show vital information that is essential in case of emergency. Your diagrams should be situated throughout common areas of your building and along general paths of travel where they can be seen easily. 

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 (in most states) 

Emergency Response Plan

The second of the three critical components of an emergency evacuation plan is the Emergency Response Plan. This must contain all information relating to your emergency plan and your emergency response procedures. It should list: 

  • the key roles and responsibilities of staff
  • all emergency phone numbers
  • the main potential risks for the workplace
  • emergency procedures unique to your facility 
  • visitor management
  • other vital information.

Emergency Training

The final step in setting up an emergency evacuation plan, in line with Australian Standards is Emergency Training

Did you know less than 50 per cent of building occupants feel confident in what action to take and where to evacuate during an emergency? This troubling stat urges us to consider just how important it is for employees to receive comprehensive fire equipment training throughout their employment. 

There’s more to Emergency Training than just learning how to use a fire extinguisher. Employee training should be comprehensive, covering several areas from your emergency plan to evacuation diagrams. 

Here are some signs of good emergency training and evacuation management:

  • Training involves pre and post emergency activities, including how to use first-attack fire equipment and how to go about fire drills and deal with visitors who may be disabled or have mobility restrictions. 
  • All members of the Emergency Planning Committee are well-versed in their duties, in line with the specifications of your emergency response plan. 
  • Regular, ongoing training is conducted, ensuring staff are familiar with their roles and able to perform these confidently in the event of an emergency. 

 

What are your responsibilities as a business owner? 

If you are the owner, manager or operator of a facility, which means any building or workplace that may have occupants or visitors, you are required to have an emergency evacuation plan. This evacuation plan must also comply with the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017, and failure to adhere can also result in fines.

Ready to improve your building’s fire safety practices? 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.