It is a legislative requirement that all reasonably foreseeable potential emergencies which may affect the health, safety or welfare of workers are identified, and suitable controls implemented in accordance with the requirements of the Work Health Safety Regulations, relevant Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.
The implementation of an Emergency Procedure will ensure compliance with legislative requirements relative to the management of hazards and minimisation of risks to health or safety arising from emergencies in the workplace.
Some of the Employer’s Emergency responsibilities include:
- Ensure that suitable policies and procedures addressing potential emergencies are documented, communicated and available to all personnel
- Fire extinguishers are appropriately placed, accessible to workers and checked by suitably qualified personnel in accordance with relevant standards
- There is adequate provision for the shut down and rapid evacuation of personnel in the event of an emergency
- Details for the evacuation of the building are on clear display and available to all workers and visitors
- All workers are trained in emergency and evacuation procedures
- Managers and relevant workers are trained in the use of first attack firefighting equipment
- An appropriately trained Fire Warden is available at each work site and known to workers
- Assembly points to be used in the event an evacuation is known to workers
- Implement and ensure the maintenance of good housekeeping procedures; storage and disposal of waste including hazardous or flammable material on a regular basis
- Ensure that appropriate emergency and fire training is scheduled for all personnel on commencement and as necessary.