Evacuating Safely

It is a legal requirement to ensure the safe evacuation of everyone, including impaired persons, in an emergency. There is a common misunderstanding that it is the responsibility of the emergency services to ensure the safe evacuation of persons from a building. This is not the case. Today’s legislation stipulates that it is no longer the duty of the Fire Service to make sure the workplace is safe. The duty now lies solely with the ‘responsible person’.

The responsibility clearly lies with the building management or service providers to ensure there is a suitable procedure in place to evacuate everyone. The ‘responsible person’ must nominate a sufficient number of ‘competent persons’ to implement procedures in the event of an emergency evacuation from the premises. This calls for a Fire Emergency Evacuation plan to be in place.

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