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Emergency evacuation planning: How to get your employees to stay on the premises during emergencies

by , 14 October 2013
Emergency evacuation planning is an essential part of preventing injuries and ensuring the safety of your employees in emergency situations. Read on to discover an evacuation plan for keeping employees in the building during an emergency.

Emergencies can happen at any moment.

Just last month, more than 67 people died in a terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre. Somalia's militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

As an employer, it's your duty to identify all possible emergency situations, prepare for dealing with them and make sure all employees know what to.

You can do this by:

  • Providing clear instructions and information;
  • Holding regular practice drills; and
  • Conducting regular inspections of emergency equipment and escape routes.

You must also beware that sometimes an emergency situation could require that you get your employees to stay on the premises instead of going out.

Here's an evacuation plan for getting your employees to stay on the premises

Step #1: Depending on the situation, the Health & Safety Advisor recommends you move all employees to safe areas within your building. Your evacuation wardens must know where these safe areas are.

Step #2: If there's an external bomb threat, your employees must move away from the windows.

'A bomb will shatter the glass and drive it inwards, warns the Advisor.

Step #3: If a noxious gas is detected or present, switch off the air conditioning to prevent the spread of the gas through the building.

Step #4: Make sure all your entrances and doors are guarded or barricaded to prevent access by unauthorised persons.

Step #5: Take roll call.

In addition to this, make sure all your employees know these four general safety points

Tell your employees to do the following during emergency situations:

  1. Don't panic, stay calm and help others do the same.
  2. Don't move from your assembly point unless the evacuation warden tells you to.
  3. Follow all instructions as best you can.
  4. Don't ever return to your workstations without permission from your evacuation warden and 'all clear' notification from the controller.

Remember, preparation is everything. Use this evacuation plan to get your employees to stay on the premises during emergencies.

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