AUST – Emergency Plan advises that under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’, there are many critical aspects to a safe response to an emergency in a facility such as a building or other work place. All the planning documents and evacuation diagrams that have been created in the preparation of emergency planning will only support the actions taken by those involved, and one of the roles in the Emergency Control Organisation that can greatly influence the effectiveness of response is that of the Chief Warden.
During an emergency, the instructions given by the Emergency Control Organisation take precedence over the normal management structure, and therefore the Chief Warden, with the responsibility to direct the Emergency Control Organisation, has significant authority.
The Chief Warden can decide:
- When to evacuate a building or when to delay an evacuation
- Where occupants should assemble
- To ask wardens to search a building for suspicious objects
- And to instruct wardens to brief the emergency services on their arrival at the facility.
Depending on the incident (emergency), the Chief Warden must weigh up the available information and know who to consult with and advise in order to maintain safety, limit liability, and minimise unnecessary disruption to a work place.
The training of the Chief Warden in their responsibilities, how to discharge their responsibilities, and instruction on the range of actions available in an emergency, is imperative to an efficient and effective emergency response plan (procedures), and ultimately, the safety of the building’s occupants.
Work Health Safety Legislation
Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building.