Businesses are under a duty of care to ensure the safety of workers, customers, and other visitors to their buildings during an emergency. This requires the creation of an emergency evacuation plan that can be activated if needed. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws include crisis management responsibilities and regulations.
There are three stages in an Order of Evacuation, which may be given during a fire or another emergency. These stages dictate how an evacuation must be carried out:
- Stage 1 involves the immediate evacuation of all occupants from the building or worksite
- Stage 2 is a lateral evacuation that requires everyone on-site to move laterally to a safer area
- Stage 3 is the partial evacuation of a building or site that is area-specific
Emergency evacuation diagrams are an important component of any fire safety and emergency response management system. Businesses are required to install evacuation signs and diagrams in all buildings to assist people with a speedy egress from the area during an emergency. Emergencies can cause even the calmest amongst us to panic and forget what to do to ensure safety. Evacuation signs represent emergency evacuation plans for a specific part of a building to remind occupants of the evacuation procedures.
Any evacuation diagrams must be clear and easy to follow. Australian Compliance Management can evaluate the clarity of emergency evacuation plan diagrams to determine if they are compliant with current regulations. Our team of compliance specialists will make recommendations for improvement, as needed.