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Three vital pieces of information your employees must know about your evacuation plan

by , 22 August 2014
After the second earthquake in two weeks hit Johannesburg this morning, many people are worrying this may be becoming a regular thing.

The 4.6 magnitude earthquake started 12km west of Orange Farm, a township south of Johannesburg. Luckily, there were only a few people at work at that time of the night. But what would happen if it happened during the day? Or a more serious one happened at night while your nightshift employees were on duty?

Would they know how to evacuate the building? If not, you need to ensure they know these three vital pieces of information...

 

Ensure your employees know these three vital pieces of information about your evacuation plan

 
#1: When they must evacuate the building
You must give your employees training on when they should evacuate the building. For example, emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, destructive storms and unexpected fatal accidents are all situations when it'll be necessary to evacuate the building.
 
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If there was a fire, earthquake or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
 
Do your first aiders know what it is?
 
 
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#2: Your evacuation alarms
Different emergencies may call for different alarms. For example, one alarm may tell employees to stay inside (if there's flooding for example), another will tell them to leave the building (such as when there's a fire).
 
If your employees don't know what the different alarms means, they may respond the wrong way. 
 
#3: Your evacuation procedures
Your employees MUST know the correct procedure to follow when they evacuate your premises. They must know which exits to use, how to leave (single file or two-by-two) and where to meet outside the workplace.
 
While we all hope that this morning's quake is the last Johannesburg experiences, you must prepare in case it isn't. Draw up your evacuation plan and train your employees on it so they'll know what to do whether it's day or night.
 

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