EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, PLANS & EVACUATION

Emergency Procedures, Response Plans and Evacuation Diagrams should not be generic or developed by the unqualified, just to sign off that they are done. These are an essential part of your emergency and safety management framework.

An emergency plan, in combination with training of staff in fire, emergency and evacuation procedures (including conducting evacuation exercises), and the provision of evacuation diagrams will assist management in meeting their obligations under respective State and/or Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, as well as Australian Standard 3745 and the relevant Code of Practice.

It also considers various other information including AS4801 and AS1851, and Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulations (BFSR) 2008 where applicable, and as appropriate. 

Evacuation diagrams make sure staff and visitors can quickly access vital information in an emergency, such as:

  • Current location in relation to the nearest and alternative exits
  • Location and type of installed fire and life safety measures e.g. extinguishers, and
  • How to get to the designated Assembly Area

Under the Australian Standard, there are minimum requirements for any Evacuation Diagram. WES Group ensures that these requirements are met, and discusses optional requirements with the client so that the end user can safely move through the building to a place of safety, away from any emergency.

Every workplace  must  conduct an evacuation exercise annually. Some, such as child care centres, are required to conduct four exercises per annum for accreditation purposes. WES Group will work with the client to organise and oversee the evacuation exercise, provide a report on the exercise, then recommend and implement improvement strategies to further develop capability and safety.

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