If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. In an evacuation, the absence of a plan can lead to serious injuries, property damage and fatalities. These are just some of the elements that need to be included:
- There must be at least 1 primary and 1 secondary exit designated in the plan and both need to be at a distance from each other to prevent bottlenecks.
- The restroom should not be designated as an exit.
- All designed exits should lead away from the room that contains hazardous materials to ensure no one will pass it during an emergency.
- There should be no emergency exits leading out to narrow passageways such as a back alley which is too small to pass through.
- Exits should have clear signs on them with arrows directing people to them in every location. It should point to the nearest exit.
- An assembly area should be designated outside the structure for workers to gather in during an emergency. Its location should be shown clearly on a map.
- Wheelchair access should be shown clearly for the physically disabled or injured.
- The plan should also mention the current location of all employees.
- An emergency action plan for a multi storey building should show the locations of all stairways and elevators should not be shown as appropriate means of evacuation.
- These were just some of the evacuation tips that can help save lives and prevent injuries in case there is an emergency in the workplace. Train employees to follow these with safety training sessions to ensure they do not panic.
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