This video highlights the importance of making safety part of an organization’s work-culture. Conduct regular (at least annual) inspections but also alert and empower employees to being proactive when it comes to safety.
A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury and property damage. Use the following checklist to help evaluate your next evacuation or shelter exercise
In an emergency, being able to deliver a message quickly and clearly to your staff and visitors can prevent injuries and save lives.
Use the following checklist to evaluate and improve your onsite notification system.
In an emergency, being able to deliver a message quickly and clearly to your staff and visitors can prevent injuries and save lives. Use the following checklist to evaluate and improve your onsite notification system.
Proper emergency signage helps everyone in the building find a safe path to the nearest exit or shelter area. In some cases, zoning codes may require the signs be illuminated and have battery backup to ensure continuous operation during a power outage. Check with your fire department if you are unsure of local regulations.
In an emergency, proper lighting can point the way to safety. This is one reason why some local jurisdictions have mandated that Exit signs be located at waist height and illuminated. Lowering signs reduces the likelihood that during a fire it will be obscured by smoke.
Proper illumination in work spaces have been shown to help reduce eye fatigue and having good illumination when working with various tools contributes to safety. In these various settings light is generally expressed in terms of lux units which measure the amount of light over an area.
When planning your evacuation routes to outside assembly areas and shelters, consider the following
Recommended supplies are available through the Red Cross Store.
Periodically, facilities should undergo a safety inspection. The frequency is up to the organization although sometimes there are regulations and local ordinances that mandate how often these inspections must occur. Regardless of the frequency use this checklist to help ensure a comprehensive review. Modify as needed to reflect the individual character of your organization and workplace. Indicate if conditions are satisfactory or not.
When an emergency happens at your facility, the first decision to make is whether to evacuate or take shelter. If ordered to shelter it is important to have sufficient supplies and equipment on-hand to support the needs of staff and visitors for periods ranging from several hours to several days. Use this checklist to determine if you have the necessary material on hand.