Evacuation for Commerce
As the nominated responsible person for emergency planning in your building, it is your responsibility to ensure that everyone on the property can evacuate safely in the event of an emergency. If there are any issues preventing safe evacuation, such as lack of an emergency plan or the installation of evacuation equipment, then your workplace could face legal repercussions.
In an office building, you have a good general idea of the number of people who will be on the premises on a daily basis. As such, it is important to collect information on potential disability issues from all employees. This will form the basis of your emergency plan, as it will provide guidance on how many evacuation chairs are required to ensure that all mobility-restricted individuals can vacate the premises in an emergency evacuation situation.
It is also important to consider individuals who may visit your office building, since your office is constantly welcoming new visitors into the property. They may be members of the public or people visiting for a business meeting. It must be anticipated that some of these visitors may have mobility issues and may require assistance in the event of an evacuation. So, ensuring you have the right types of evacuation equipment is a major priority.
Another key to emergency preparedness in commercial buildings is ensuring that all employees are aware of the evacuation plans that you have put in place. This means carrying out regular fire drills as well as assigning able-bodied people to operate evacuation equipment, and ensuring that they are properly trained to use it.
As part of your evacuation plan, you should consider:
- Are the escape routes clearly marked?
- Are the emergency exits and escape routes easily accessible?
- Have refuge points for people with mobility issues been identified, and are they clearly marked?
- Is there enough escape evacuation equipment to accommodate mobility-restricted staff and visitors?
- Have staff been trained to operate evacuation equipment?
- Has a safe meeting point been established for employees once they evacuate the building?
If you would like one of the team to give you a call to discuss how Escape Mobility can support you with evacuation planning, with supplying evacuation products such as evacuation chairs, installation of evacuation equipment, staff training in use of the equipment and regular servicing and maintenance of the evacuation products, Fill out our short Contact form and we will get back to you for a no obligation discussion.