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 like to reduce the risk of losing your most significant 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, we are 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 moves around your business.
- Your Emergency Planning Committee’s (EPC) and employee responders (also known as the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)) have several responsibilities. They should establish policy and procedures as soon as possible after operations commence.
- Furthermore, success can be calculated by how well the plan works for your specific environment in a real emergency.
- 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 investments you could make about the emergency evacuation plan. Allowing you to understand the objectives of the emergency manager, whom 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. Generally, they are the ones who are the difference between success and failure. Risk mitigation should start and end with them in mind.
A business continuity emergency plan will involve key personnel, and therefore selection should account for their leadership and supervisory ability. Furthermore, overall respect within the organisation and desire to learn would be key attribute an employer could look for in an employee.
3. Mitigating Risk with the emergency plan
One of the best guides for creating a practical 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 workable preparedness, response and recovery pathways. Formulated by industry experts, there are 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 before the arrival of the emergency services? Secondly, who will meet the emergency services and provide specialist advice to them? Should the emergency evacuation plan guide concerning 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 project shouldn’t be so complex that no one understands it, or it’s just too much information to comprehend. Emergency planners like S.T.G. 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 unturned and making the plan fit your specific organisation takes a lot of thought and discussion. Thereby, no matter how complex, methods should have an excellent quick action guide for those in the emergency control organisation (first responders). So they can easily be referred to before to 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 saw him responsible for multiple activities focused on 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. We are 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 emergency management plan
- Quick action guides
- Scenarios for exercising