AUST – Emergency Plan advises that if there is one thing that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ emphasises, it is the interaction of elements in dealing successfully with emergencies. The AS 3745-2010 Standard highlights how buildings elements, essential safety measures and occupant training need to work together to maximise occupant safety. Like most emergencies, the failure of providing adequate occupant training can quickly change a manageable emergency into an unmitigated disaster.
Not the least of these elements is the people affected by the emergency!
For years the need to train the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) has been understood and implemented, but history has shown that one of the biggest frustrations for ECO members has been the lack of understanding of occupant training including the preparedness of the building’s occupants when an emergency occurs. The 2010 version of AS 3745 now prescribes occupant training times and measures to ensure occupants act in accordance with the emergency response procedures.
AS 3745 requires occupant training to be provided at the commencement of their occupancy of a structure (building). During occupant training, occupants will be given information on subjects including:
- Responsibilities within the facility’s emergency response procedures
- Types of emergencies the Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) has considered and covered in the procedures
- How to report emergencies
- Preventative measures such as recognising unsafe conditions that cause emergencies
- Evacuation procedures
- Staging areas, egress routes and assembly areas during an emergency
- What to do after the emergency
- Occupants are required to participate in skill retention training (occupant training) under AS 3745 once every year to prepare for an emergency
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