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Emergency Evacuations

What should workers know before an emergency occurs?

  • Be familiar with the worksite’s emergency evacuation plan.
  • Know the pathway to at least two exits from every room/area at the workplace.
  • Recognize the sound/signaling method of the evacuation or other alarms and their different meanings.
  • Understand who to contact in an emergency, as well as the specific procedures they will be expected to use.
  • Know how many desks or cubicles are between their workstations and two of the nearest exits to escape in the dark, if necessary.
  • Know where the fire/evacuation alarms are located and how to use them.
  • Report damaged or malfunctioning safety systems and back-up systems.
  • Report changes in health that may affect their ability to safely evacuate, to their supervisor.