Evacuation is the rapid removal of people in a safe and orderly manner from immediate or threatened danger in a workplace. It is always important to remember to remain calm and don't panic. Take the following steps in case of an evacuation situation.
Alert the area supervisor or manager and other staff. Ensure that emergency services have been notified (call 911 and ask for Fire, Police or Ambulance).
Tell staff which assembly area is to be used.
Evacuate staff and visitors in the following order:
- Out of immediate danger (e.g. out of room)
- Out of compartment (e.g. through the fire doors or smoke doors) or to a lower level of the building
- Total evacuation of the building
Check all rooms, especially change rooms, toilets, behind doors, storage areas etc.
Do a head count of all staff, contractors and visitors.
Report to your designated coordinator and notify emergency responders of any people unaccounted for.