Should an emergency occur in the workplace, an effective response could save lives as well as minimise financial loss. The Work Health and Safety Regulation (nationally harmonised legislation) and the Building Fire Safety Regulation (QLD) both require organisations to be prepared by:
- Documenting emergency response procedures for likely emergencies i.e. fire, medical incidents, armed robbery;
- Providing information, training and instruction to relevant workers for them to implement the emergency procedures i.e. evacuation diagrams, induction and training in procedures for workers; and
- Testing the emergency procedures by conducting drills.
If your organisation hasn’t looked at these requirements you could be looking at fines in excess of $10,000, even if no incident occurs. While you may have put procedures in place, if they haven’t been reviewed within the last year or you are not able to produce records of training and exercises you could still be penalised $2,200 for each non-compliance.
DWS has significant experience in implementing risk strategies for emergencies and can assist your organisation to be compliant to these requirements. Our emergency planning services include the following-
- Create Emergency Response Procedures relevant to your organisation
- Prepare Emergency Evacuation Diagrams.
- Train workers in your organisation’s Emergency Response Procedures.
- Plan and conduct emergency evacuation exercises.
- Act as the appointed Fire Safety Officer for high occupancy buildings (if required).
DWS can assist in all emergency planning requirements and provide ongoing emergency assistance to organisations across Australia.