AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advises that under the Work Health Safety Act, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) at a workplace must ensure that an emergency plan is prepared for the workplace, that provides for the following:
- An effective response to an emergency;
- Evacuation procedures;
- Notifying emergency service organisations at the earliest opportunity;
- Medical treatment and assistance
- Effective communication between the person authorised by the Person conducting the business or undertaking to coordinate the Emergency response and all persons at the workplace
- Evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams have been made for the safe evacuation of persons from the place of work
Evacuation signs/plans must be kept on display in an appropriate location or locations at the place of work. AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ is designed to suit the requirements.
As part of a fire and evacuation plan in order to meet such legislative requirements, evacuation signs or floor plans may be used to show the locations of exits and the locations of emergency related equipment including:
- Manual call points (MCP’s)/break glass alarms (BGA’s);
- Warden intercom point (WIP) phones;
- Fire extinguishers, hose reels, hydrants and blankets;
- Fire/communication panels;
- Assembly areas;
- Emergency telephone numbers;
- Brief emergency and evacuation instructions.
Aside from assisting legislative compliance (complying with the BFSR) and making a building or workplace safer for all users, the display of accurate and clearly presented evacuation signs or evacuation diagrams may aid in positive response or produce a satisfactory outcome to an emergency, i.e. quick activation of an alarm, extinguishment of a small fire and identification of an alternative exit.
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