Are you prepared for an Emergency in your building???
How sure are you that everything has been done to ensure the safety of everyone in your building?
What is a Fire Safety & Emergency Management Plan?
WorkSafe Australia describes the Plan as a written set of instructions that outlines what workers and others at the workplace should do in an emergency. An emergency plan must provide for the following:
- emergency procedures, including: an effective response to an emergency
- evacuation procedures
- notifying emergency service organisations at the earliest opportunity
- medical treatment and assistance
- effective communication between the person authorised to coordinate the emergency response and all people at the workplace
- testing of the emergency procedures — including the frequency of testing, and
- information, training, and instruction to relevant workers in relation to implementing the emergency procedures.
When it comes to keeping your precious charges, staff, and your buildings safe it all comes down to compliance.
Can you Provide the Evidence Required?
If one of your Centres had a fire safety inspection tomorrow, could you with confidence give the Officer-in-Charge your latest Fire Safety & Emergency Management Plan and provide evidence:
- of the last time the Plan was reviewed
- that the contact details in the Plan are up to date
- that every staff member, volunteer, and visiting contractor has completed required site training
- that your staff have read and understand the Plan
- of the regular Emergency Evacuation Rehearsals your Centre conducts, and
- documented evidence of those rehearsals?
If so, then you have little to be concerned about. If not, then it may be time to seek the assistance of a qualified fire safety advisor.
A Fire Safety Advisor can take you through a process to:
- assess your compliance in relation to Standards, Regulations and Codes in your State or Territory
- work with you to develop easy-to-read, concise, and site-specific Fire Safety & Emergency Management Plans for each of your Centres
- conduct annual reviews and updates of your plan (and your Emergency Evacuation Diagrams)
- monitor regular Emergency Evacuation Rehearsals and advise on areas for improvement, and
- help you identify those staff and clients who may require a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan — PEEP (and how to complete them).
The documents that guide your compliance for Fire Safety and Emergency Management are:
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Mark Slade, CEO of Australian Compliance Management