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Emergency situations don't have to end in fatalities. Make sure you have these two emergency evacuation plans

by , 18 February 2015
Can you imagine what would happen if a fire breaks out, there's a violent strike, a bomb threat, an earthquake or a chemical spillage and your company isn't prepared for these emergencies?

Your employees could be injured or die. And the DoL will fine you and even send you to jail.

That's why you need to prepare for any emergency and be ready to act. To do this, you need to have two types of evacuation plans in place.

Read on to find out what they are so you can protect your employees and prevent deaths during emergencies.

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Here are some of the things you can include in your emergency evacuation plans:

Getting your employees to leave the premises
  • Explain what your employees must do: For example, say, if there's a fire, close all fire doors and windows. Also, switch off your air conditioning to prevent feeding the fire with air. And if there's a bomb threat, open all your windows to disperse the blasts effect.
  • Include what your employees can do to protect important information: For example, put important information in fireproof safes or cupboards, or take files and documents with them.
  • Explain how employees must leave their workstations: For example, say, employees must carry as little as possible. Women wearing high-heels should take them off. And all employees must follow instructions from evacuation wardens.
  • Include what employees must do when outside: For example, during an emergency, employees must go through the emergency exits and emergency escape routes. Once outside, they must move to assembly points so you can have a roll call.
Getting your employees to stay on the premises
Your plan must have details on what needs to happen if there's an emergency and everyone needs to stay inside.
For example:
  • Depending on the situation, evacuation wardens must move all employees to safe areas within your building, away from windows, etc.
  • To prevent access by unauthorised people, all entrances and doors must remain closed.
  • Emergency wardens must take roll call. And employees must report anyone who's missing.
You can get samples of both evacuation plans in the Health & Safety Advisor. Having these two types of emergency evacuation plans will help you prevent deaths should disaster strike.

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