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Evacuation Simulation and Audits

 

Nobody expects an emergency or disaster – especially one that affects them, their employees, and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate your company when you least expect it.

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Most evacuations fail because of:

  • Fire alarm not working effectively
  • Human error
  • Emergency team members failing to follow procedures


An emergency evacuation is a well-coordinated event that needs careful planning and execution.
In order for an emergency evacuation to be successful, regular practice of the procedures are required.

The successful execution of emergency evacuations relies on elements such as trained team members, and emergency equipment availability.

Many factors influence the successful execution of an evacuation. These factors mostly include the execution of procedures by building occupants.

A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury, and property damage. When developing your emergency action plan, it is important to determine the following:

Wide variety of emergencies both man-made and natural, may require a workplace to be evacuated. These emergencies include - fires, explosions, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, toxic material releases, radiological and biological accidents, civil disturbances and workplace violence.

Employers will want their employees to respond differently to these different threats. For example, employers may want to have employees assemble in one area inside the workplace if threatened by a tornado or perhaps a chemical spill on an adjacent highway, but evacuate to an exterior location during a fire. Your plan must identify when and how employees are to respond to different types of emergencies. Ask yourself questions and brainstorm worst-case scenarios. What would happen if the storeroom caught fire, the river flooded, or a chemical release occurred in the shop?

  • The type of building you work in may be a factor in your decision. Most buildings are vulnerable to the effects of disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, or explosions. The extent of the damage depends on the type of emergency and the building’s construction. Modern factories and office buildings, for example, are framed in steel and are structurally more sound than neighborhood business premises may be. In a disaster such as a major earthquake or explosion, however, nearly every type of structure will be affected. Some buildings will collapse and others will be left with weakened floors and walls.
 
An evacuation drill with real life simulations should be done once a year. After the drill a written report will be submitted.

This drill includes real life scenarios with patients, fire simulations etc.
A debriefing session will be held with the Health and Safety team to discuss the assessment of the drill
 
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