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