Emergency Evacuation Procedures
The possibility of an onsite emergency is always present, with a serious risk of fire, chemical spill, bomb scare, explosion and vehicle impact all being an ongoing threat to various different places of work.
Why Emergency Evacuation Procedures are so important ?
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 make the employer and his/her representative management responsible for the preparation & revision of adequate plans to be followed in any emergency. The 2007 General Applications Regulations require employers to provide necessary evacuation and fire fighting measures. This plan should protect staff, contractors and visitors to the organisation’s premises.
EazySAFE [incorporating Phoenix Safety] can produce a suitable Emergency Evacuation Procedure to cater for all possible contingencies, which may occur. The preparation of these puts in place detailed procedures for dealing with all possible emergencies – in a controlled manner. Aside from enabling us to anticipate any catastrophe, it will allow us to provide a communications network to alert those who may be affected by the threat.
The Benefits of the Emergency Evacuation Procedures are:
- Assists the employer in complying with their legal duties
- Make the Organisation aware of the threat of potential emergencies and the actions required
- Defines the responsibilities of staff members, contractors and visitors to the site/premises in an emergency situation
- Visitor and contractor check in/check out procedures
- Ensures a co-ordinated response to the emergency
- Ensuring the Fire Alarm System meets IS 3218 standards
- Ensure all persons on site are aware of safe access/egress points from the building
- Ensuring adequate and continuing access for Emergency Fire Fighting vehicles/equipment and personnel
- Ensuring signage and emergency lighting standards (IS 3217)
- Safe evacuation of premises for people with disabilities (BS 5588)
- Competent Marshalling and correct use of Assembly points
- Competent actions in Raising the Alarm and communications during the emergency
- Ensure the knowledge, location, use (where required) of company Fire Combating Equipment (IS/EN 3, IS 291)
- Allows the Company to evaluate actions taken during the emergency against the procedural norm
- Measures individual (site specific) standards required under various Regulations e.g. ATEX,
- Building Regulations 1991/1997, Fire Services Acts etc.
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