Your evacuation plan – not just necessary, compulsory
Thursday 16th August 2018
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"It's essential for all businesses to have a building evacuation plan and evaluate the level of risk to be sure that, when an emergency does arise, everyone is as safeguarded as possible.
"Not only is the built environment continually changing but also the people who use them. Public spaces and modern workplaces are now used by a wide range of people - for instance, older people and those with various mobility challenges. Your policy and plans must reflect these changes in the event of fire, flood and other potential threats such as terrorism."
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“It is a reminder of how challenging it must be for those who are mobility impaired to leave a building in an emergency. Even one flight of stairs can be a critical barrier to exit, with potentially devastating consequences.“There are thousands of other buildings around the world that have happily made themselves accessible to disabled people, but not thought about how those same people could make an escape in the event of an emergency, such as fire. This needs to change.
Guests were invited to consider how the modern workplace is changing, what threats are impacting on policy and behaviours, what impact the design and accessibility of the built environment is having, as well as how to meet the needs of an older or mobility-impaired workforce.
Safety Services Direct have added to this, calculating an estimated salary loss of £1.47 billion annually, due to workplace illness or injury.For those in full time contracted work, sick pay can help in reclaiming some of these lost wages, however those working under zero-hours contracts may not be so lucky.Yet Safety Services Direct have uncovered that search trends show a declining interest in workplace safety searches.
Paul has been a speaker for nearly 6 years now and the things that keep coming up on his feedback forms after his talks are, “It will make me speak up” or “it has made me aware of the lucky escapes they have had”. Paul says, “Organisations’ reported near-misses have more than doubled, if not trebled, after my visit”.So, why the increase? It is easy to answer that with one word: “AWARENESS”. People are more aware of their surroundings, the behaviours and the culture they operate in.One company director wrote to Paul saying,
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