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Will your employees know what to do when the fire alarm goes off at your workplace?

by , 21 June 2013
Fire emergencies are unforeseen and can happen at any time. On Friday morning, there was a small blast at Lanseria Airport, at the popular Vida e Caffè coffee shop inside the main terminal. According to Eye Witness News, the explosion happened at the coffee shops' kitchen and one employee from the café was injured. That's why you need to prepare your employees for emergencies so they know what to do, where to go and how to react. To help reduce the health and safety risks in your company, here are eight things your employees should do when they hear the emergency alarm.

Emergencies don't come with a warning sign. They can strike at any time and that's why you need to be prepared.

It's important to have emergency practice drills, like emergency fire drills. This will ensure employees know how to react, where the emergency exits are and where the safe assembly points are.

Getting this right is a matter of life and death.

'If employees panic and don't follow the rules they've practiced during emergency drills, they could be burnt alive, die from smoke inhalation, end up being seriously injured and may even die,' says The Health and Safety Advisor.

Since it's your legal responsibility to reduce your employee's health and safety risks, ensure employees know what to do when the fire alarm goes off at your workplace..

Here are eight things your employees should know if the emergency alarm sounds

  1. They must quickly switch off their machines or computers.
  2. Walk to their safe emergency assembly point. They mustn't run or panic.
  3. They mustn't go anywhere else to fetch their personal items.
  4. If they notice someone having difficulty, they must help them to the safe assembly point, but they mustn't put themselves in danger.
  5. If someone's injured, they must help them out of the building without putting themselves in danger.
  6. They must report employees with injuries to their supervisor, manager, first aider or health and safety representative as soon as possible.
  7. When they reach the safe assembly point, they must give their name to the person in charge.
  8. Employees mustn't re-enter the workplace until they've been told it's safe to do so.

Ensuring your employees know what to do during emergencies will reduce the health and safety risks in your company.

Discover what you need to do to keep your employees safe in case of fire emergencies...
 

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