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Do your employees know your evacuation plan well enough to evacuate the building if a fire breaks out?

by , 16 May 2013
Some good has come of the garment factory collapse that killed 1,127 workers in Bangladesh last month. It's inspired companies like Canada's Loblaw, which has many of the products it sells made in Bangladesh, to sign a pact to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh. The building collapse was caused when generators stored on the roof of the factory caused the factory collapse, but a fire can break out anytime, anywhere. That's why you need to make sure your fire evacuation drills are effective...

Following the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, companies like Loblaw, Benetton and H&M have signed The Accord on Fire and Building Safety, says CTVNews.
This is a five-year, legally binding factory safety contract aimed at improving worker safety in the Bangladesh garment industry.

The main reason for it?
A hope to improve worker safety after the recent garment factory collapse due to storing generators unsafely on the roof, says FSPBusiness.
But you don't have to wait for a disaster to take action to protect your business and you're employees' health and safety.
Here's why you need to hold fire evacuation drills…
Because simply storing boxes of papers, documents, books and files on the floor leaves you at risk of a fire breaking out in the office if there's a short circuit in one of your office plugs, says Kerusha Narothan, Product Manager: Health and Safety Training Manual on  FSPBusiness.
So you need to make sure your Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) officer has prepared employees for what to do if a fire breaks out.
Revealed: The process to follow for an effective fire evacuation drill
The best time to start? Today!
To make sure your employees know which alarm means to stay in the building at their desks, and which one means they need to evacuate the building as soon as possible if a fire's broken out and they need to evacuate quickly, you need to practice emergency drills every few months to ensure all employees understand the procedures, says eHow
The drills and practice sessions must be taken seriously and all employees must participate.
For the best results, time the evacuation and hold a roll call to ensure everyone's evacuated the building.
Then, to make sure your next fire drill runs smoothly, arrange a debriefing session after the fire drill to review its success and to discuss any shortfalls, says The Health and Safety Advisor.
Simple as that.

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