1. Success and failure of your Emergency Evacuation Plan
Has your organisation recently experienced a real emergency that could have progressed and concluded a little more positively? Or maybe you would just like to reduce the risk of losing your greatest asset? At STG Fire Safety Training our emergency evacuation plan consultants have spent many years in this field and can actively guide you through the process. Employee safety and workable solutions are always our goal/s. Above all, ensuring that you comply with health and safety standards via AS3745-2010.
- The emergency evacuation plan is a document that may help reduce liability – especially where the public often move around your business.
- Your Emergency Planning Committee’s (EPC) and employee responders (also known as the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)) have a number of responsibilities. Process and procedures should be established as soon as possible after operations commence.
- Furthermore, success can be calculated by how well the plan works, in a real emergency, for your specific environment.
- Hence, an Emergency Plan that mitigates your specific risk can be the difference between an effective recovery and a total loss. Or even worse “life and death”.
2. The emergency plan and where to start
The only place to start is to purchase a copy of Australian Standard 3745-2010. It will be one of the best investment you could make in relation to the emergency evacuation plan. Allowing you to understand the objectives of the emergency manager who you may engage to help and guide you through the process.
One important (or should we say critical) component of the Emergency Plan is your employees. Risk mitigation should start and end with them in mind, generally, they are the ones who are the difference between success and failure.
A business continuity emergency plan will involve key personnel and therefore selection should account for their leadership and supervisory ability. Furthermore, their overall respect within the organisation and desire to learn would be a key attribute an employer could look for in an employee.
3. Mitigating Risk with the emergency plan
One of the best guides for creating an effective plan pathway is to engage an emergency management trainer. Who is qualified and can provide accredited training using the National Unit of Competency. In short, it is an industry-based learning paper from the national training framework? Including all of the following:
- Respond to emergency reports, signals and warnings
- Initiate and control initial emergency response
- Anticipate the further development of emergencies
- Assist with post initial response
- Training and exercises
Thus, this document provides the basis for establishing a workable preparedness, response and recovery pathways. Formulated by industry experts, there is so many potential strategies which should be interpreted and guided by competent and qualified emergency management professional.
4. Command and control in emergency management
Who will take charge of the overall coordination prior to the arrival of the emergency services. Secondly, who will meet the emergency services and provide specialist advice to them? Should the emergency evacuation plan provide guidance in relation to these factors? The answer can only be “yes”.
Ordinarily, it can be quite a complex process but the emergency plan must be kept relevant and easy to understand. Above all, the plan shouldn’t be so complex that no one understands it or its just to much information to comprehend. Emergency planners like STG Fire Safety Training using the K.I.S.S principle (Keep It Simple Smarty) can help to guide business emergency planners through the process.
Who uses our emergency evacuation plan guidance
- Local Government
- Mining Operations
- Community Infrastructure
- Factories and large multi-level buildings
- Caravan Parks.
- Small and large businesses
Leaving no stone upturned and making the plan fit your specific organisation takes a lot of thought and discussion. Thereby, plans, no matter how complex, should have an adequate quick action guide for those in the emergency control organisation (first responders), which can easily be referred to prior and during emergencies. Similarly, we have found that a checklist often works well and can be established reviewed and made workable during exercises and the like.
By the way, we refer to the emergency control organisation or emergency response team as first responders. They are the link between the incident occurring and the emergency services. Therefore the emergency services could be classified as second responders.
5. STG Fire Safety Training emergency managers
The head of our team is Senior Director Ken Walker who studied fire technology at Swinburne University. Furthermore, just retiring from a long career in the fire services which saw him responsible for multiple activities focused around preparedness, response and recovery. Thus, providing emergency management for 38 years during both operational and non-operational activities.
We work closely with clients to ensure the emergency management plan fits well with their organisation. Regularly, providing guidance and the physical establishment or review of the emergency management plan. In addition to this, we are familiar with state legislation processes right across Australia and therefore can provide emergency management planning coordination Australia Wide
Finally, if you would like to learn more about our services, please make contact with us.
Prices: Our Emergency Management Planning Audits
Prices start at $595
- Review of any existing plan
- A complete analysis of the given area of operation
- Mentoring and guidance for organisation emergency managers
- An extensive report and/or emergency management plan
- Quick action guides
- Scenarios for exercising