How to Plan for Workplace Fire Evacuation and Emergencies

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Most adults will spend the majority of their time at their workplace. Keeping the workplace safe should be a priority for everyone employed as well as the owners and managers. Any workplace emergency can be potentially deadly. Fires can be particularly devastating for employees as well as the employers. A workplace fire safety plan should be in place at every business location to make sure any risk is minimized as much as possible. A key part of the fire safety plan should be the work place fire evacuation procedures. With the proper workplace fire evacuation procedures in place, yo read full post


Why is it important to perform regular fire drills at work?

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A huge amount of time for everyone is spent at your workplace. During that time it is important for employees to feel safe that their facility is adequately protected from fire or other emergencies. A workplace fire can be devastating not only for the business owners but also for the employees. There can be displaced workers after a business fire, injuries or even fatalities. Assets can be lost with a business fire, but the emotional and physical toll can be greater than almost anything else. A business can fail to bounce back after a fire simply because the workers are too traumatiz read full post


What types of buildings are required to have smoke alarms In South Australia?

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Smoke alarms serve an important purpose in fire safety. Often, fatalities during a fire are caused by smoke. Smoke detection can help to save lives as well as minimize damage to persons or property. When determining the appropriate smoke detection devices for your location you should also consider the Australian Standards and regulations regarding smoke alarms. In South Australia there are specific regulations for buildings and smoke alarms. In Regulation 76B of the Australian Regulations Development Act of 1993, all class 1 and class 2 buildings must have smoke alarms that compl read full post


Emergency Evacuation Plan - How to develop one for your business

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Sometimes, emergency situations are unavoidable. But how an organization responds to those situations may be the difference between life and death. As such, it’s imperative that your business prepare an emergency evacuation plan because there’s no telling when a fire, bomb threat, or some other event may put your employees in danger. Since they differ in location, size, and other factors, it’s necessary to create an emergency plan for each facility you maintain. If you haven’t already, assemble an emergency planning committee (EPC) to oversee emergency read full post


What Are The Emergency Planning Committee Responsibilities?

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As part of your operational emergency plan an emergency planning committee (EPC) should be created. The persons who are part of the EPC will have specific responsibilities that are clearly outlined in the Australian Standard AS-3745. To be sure that your emergency planning committee clearly understands these responsibilities, review the following synopsis: Discuss and identify events, locations or situations where an emergency could occur Review the various types of emergencies and their level of impact to your operation Evaluate the various forms of mitigation for emer read full post


Emergency Planning Committee Creation Guide

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The Australian Standards AS 3745 is an important document to use for emergency preparation in your operations. Whether you have a single facility or multiple locations an emergency preparedness plan is an essential step to keep your operation and people safe. As part of your emergency planning process you should establish an emergency planning committee (EPC). This group of individuals will set up guidelines and procedures that are specific for your operation while also adhering to the Australian Standards guidelines. EPC Responsibilities The process for putting toge read full post


What Fire Drill Procedure Do You Need To Follow To Meet Australian Standards?

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Every business owner or facility manager has a responsibility under the state-based Occupational Health & Safety Legislation to keep their workplace safe and satisfy government regulations. You can effectively comply with these by developing and implementing emergency plans, including fire drills, in accordance with the Australian Standard (AS) 3745-2010. Take note that there are significant differences between AS 3745-2002 and the recently revised AS 3745-2010. Many of the changes affect areas such as emergency planning and training. This is why organisations are strongly encoura read full post