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Have you included emergency equipment locations in your emergency preparedness and response plan?

by , 16 October 2013
To maintain a safe workplace, you need to be prepared for emergencies. The only way to do this is to develop and implement an emergency preparedness and response plan. That's not all; you must include emergency equipment locations in your plan.

Disaster can strike at any moment and you need to be prepared.

This is something Rolfe Distributors perfume factory learnt on Monday when a blast occurred at the factory.

According to SABC News Online, 'the explosion sparked a fire which resulted in the evacuation of the building. Thirty-five people sustained burn wounds in the incident and were taken to the Wilhelm Stahl Hospital for treatment.'

Police are now investigating a case of arson.

The company's emergency preparedness and response plan may have been the reason for fewer casualties.

And it's why you need to ensure yours has a flow chart that shows the locations of your company's emergency equipment.

Your flowchart must show the emergency locations of the following five items

  1. Evacuation routes. This is the route your employees must take to get to the assembly point.
  2. Assembly points (this is where employees must assemble when the emergency alarm is activated). Depending on the size of your company, you may need more than one assembly point.
  3. First aid stations. Identify where you store all the first aid equipment.
  4. Firefighting equipment. This is where employees can find fire extinguishers, fire hoses and sprinkler systems.
  5. Emergency equipment. According to the Health & Safety Advisor, 'you must store this equipment close to the emergency control area'.

The Advisor adds that if your workplace areas are divided, in other words you have offices or work cubicles, your emergency equipment locations flowchart must be as exact as possible when you put the emergency equipment locations on it.

Well there you have it. Your emergency preparedness and response plan isn't complete if it doesn't have a flow chart that contains emergency equipment locations.

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